Spring Dawn 2015 at Wishetwurra Farm

What a winter.

Goodbye, winter, please goodbye?


Yesterday afternoon I dug a ladder out of the snow and was able to take a few pictures.


Yes! Pictures!

I can take pictures again. A friend sold me her eleven-years old Canon 20D camera a few days ago. It’s a “big” camera, unlike the small ones I’ve used recently. I have to compose pictures through a viewfinder instead of on a flippable viewscreen. It’s been nine years since I’ve taken a photo that way. Just about every day I read and reread the instruction manual, and am gradually learning what button does what, and where things are on the menus. Thank you, Cynthia.

Today is the First Day of Spring, 2015, at Wishetwurra Farm.

At 6:46, Eastern Daylight Time, Eos smeared her rosy fingers behind the oaks and swamp maples that line the road to Wishetwurra Farm.


I dug a ladder out from underneath a snowdrift, and got it high enough up the wall of the goat barn to get some shots of white and snowbound Wishetwurra Farm.


The house lawn is almost clear of snow, but in the garden it’s still almost a foot deep in some places. On a cold morning the crust will support the weight of an adult human.


A few patches of bare ground are visible, but there will be no planting here for a few weeks yet.



In the garden, there’s not much happening.

A section of fence contrasts with the snow.


Wires make interesting shapes and patterns.





A dead “minestra nera” stands above the ice.

There’s a little bit of green showing on a couple of leaves, but this plant’s future is in the compost pile.


There are, however, a few signs of life.





Shallot sprouts test the air. Since last fall, the roots have been growing whenever the soil was not frozen. As soon as the thaw reaches the roots and temperatures get above freezing, these shoots will green up and get going.

Along the fence line, snow is gone.


Daffodil shoots reach up. 

So far this month, the ruby-throated hummingbirds have migrated from the Gulf of Mexico Coast to the foothills of the Georgia mountains. They’re on their way north.

I have a feeling that once the weather finally turns, spring will explode.

2 responses to “Spring Dawn 2015 at Wishetwurra Farm

  1. You: “I have a feeling that once the weather finally turns, spring will explode.”

    Me: I have been having that same idea over the past many weeks. Welcome back home, after your travel woes and travails.

    • As the snowdrifts here melt away, they’re exposing snowdrops (galanthus) that are two or three inches tall, and in bud stage. Today’s high is forecast to be 32 degrees. The almanac says that the average high for this date is 44 degrees. Though it’s not exactly an explosion, have you ever seen a coil steel spring suddenly unwind? Stand back!

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