First things first.
Happy Birthday Chris!!! Ha Ha Ha....You are now old! From this day forward you can no longer tell people you are 39! Ha Ha Ha....(and if you do, I'll tell on you). Remember, I can still tell when you are lying. ;) That is one skill age will never affect.
Speaking of my sister, in less than three weeks I will be in Georgia with her and her family. It's been five long years since I've seen all of them and I am very excited to be going.
Today I was reminded of why I love spring so much. Yes, there is the profusion of flowers, everywhere. And thankfully I don't have allergies! But, it is the burst of growth that comes with spring...the sudden awakening of evergreens that makes me smile as well.
A concolor fir gets some new color; its so easy to spot the new growth. The color is brighter...more vibrant. The new needles begin as small clumps housed within a tiny, thin skinned cone.
As the pine needles grow, the protective cone drops off, and within days, the tree has a new shaggy appearance.
This new growth is so soft and supple, nothing like the old growth needles with theirprickly, stiff and dry texture. Today I found myself reaching out and running my fingers over the newly sprouted needles, almost in a trance like state.
Nature is so very c o o l !
The other day Sara commented in her journal about not getting any birds to her new feeder. Several readers told her to give the birds some time to find the feeder, which is true. Today I filled mine up (for the second time this week), and I'm quite certain the squirrels will find the seeds before the birds do.
But when it comes to hummingbirds, well now that is quite a different story altogether. Two days ago I washed out and refilled my hummingbird feeder. The warmer weather means many things, but most importantly it marks the return of those funny, hyper-active bundles of energy. This morning I noticed the nectar level had dropped about a half an inch. And this afternoon I was sitting on the deck and I heard the distinctive sound...that whirl of wings...that always makes my heart skip a beat. I had my camera ready, and I think this little guy is a Calliope. If so, it is the first Calliope I've ever seen. :)
They're back!!!! Yea!