Some mornings are better than others.
..ABSTRACT ICY DETAILS
Along life’s footpaths,
Too often overlooked
Are details at one’s feet.
Distilling life’s wonders
Into one small space,
A marvel so profound
By only looking down.
Tread lightly the earth,
Beneath one’s footsteps
A tale of life is told.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Sapsucker Woods is a wonderful morning saunter. The morning light, the lay of the land, the extensive and well maintained trails and boardwalks and the close proximity to my house all combine to make it one of my favorites.
Late March 2008 and a good ice storm went through the area. A good ice storm does no harm but transforms everything into fine crystal, especially if the sun and blue sky, accompanied by sub-freezing temperatures, enhance the moment. Late in the season this beauty is ephemeral, the rising sun will soon transform the magic back to the mundane
Remarkably, the oak and beech leaves hang on until the spring has sprung. Long froze and long dead, the foliage remains even as the first thaw fades and the early sap flows. Dried and sere, they catch the last spring snow and ice, adding a bit of color in the spring sunshine, while still recalling that long ago fall season. In March, the sun has the visuals of September but not its seasonal warmth, the cold of winter constrains. The past is prelude.
The uneven March of Spring
Strengthening sunlight serves three seasons at the same time, the long ago fall as freshly presented, colorful foliage, the freshly revived winter as finely crafted crystal and the upcoming flow of spring, dripping from every leaf and twig.
The melting ice and snow serve as external reminders of the life forces flowing internally through all living entities.