On Wednesday, March 20th, it became official. Spring is really here.
I had just turned in revisions for a book that day, so I wandered around in a sleepy daze, and didn’t think about the season too much. Plus, it was raining, which doesn’t make us Californians feel very springy because rain is our winter weather. But having had a little time to catch up on my sleep, I have definitely noticed evidence of spring here on the California coast!
Now I know many folks are still living with snow, and this post isn’t meant to make you feel even chillier and more wintery than you already are. I hope it will be a reminder that the snow will melt, the flowers will bloom and warm days will be here soon!
In my part of the world, spring means flowers. Many of the plum trees start flowering in February, along with the tulip trees and those first bulbs, like daffodils. In drought ridden Northern California we also love succulent plants, and many of them are flowering right now. Some of the flowers are truly wild looking!
I live a block from Monterey Bay, so spring also means whales. Grey whales, who are migrating up the coast toward their winter feeding grounds. Because the mamas have their babies with them, they stay closer to land as they head north, and we can see them blowing from the shore. Big spouts for the mamas, and little spouts for the babies. It’s lovely to know they’re out there, making that amazing journey. Do you know they migrate about 12,000 miles a year?
And lastly, spring in Northern California means green grass and green hills. I’m sure that sounds odd, I mean, isn’t grass always green? Nope! Not in California! We get green hills in winter and spring, but soon all that grass will turn brown and stay that way until December or January. So I cherish the green in spring because it will fade very, very soon.
Wishing everyone a very happy spring season! And please tell us, what is spring like where you are?