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Spring Has Sprung

THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN THE SPRING                         (photo by George Lee Cunningham)

In case you hadn’t noticed, winter ended last week and spring began. The snow is melting off the mountain tops, the wildflowers are in bloom, and the members of the animal kingdom – including we humans – are feeling a little randy. It’s a lovely time of the year, although I have to admit to feeling a bit sad about winter slipping away so quietly.

The garden section at Home Depot is crowded with people buying tomato, jalapeno, and basil plants for their backyard vegetable gardens, and roses, daffodils, and petunias for their front yard flower beds. Soon, the last of the mountain snow will be gone, the wildflowers will begin to droop in the sun, the kids will get out of school, and summer will be upon us with its oppressive heat, high electric bills, and sweaty armpits. But that’s not for another few weeks yet.

We all have our annual rituals, and Mother Nature is no exception. Suffice to say, this is a lovely time of the year, and aren’t we all lucky to be here to enjoy it?

– George Lee Cunningham