ALMOST SPRING BY THE BLACKSTONE – Marilyn Armstrong

Photographs: Garry and Marilyn Armstrong

Almost spring does not mean the same thing everywhere. In New York, it meant that everything was budding. We were waiting for it to burst into bloom. Cherry trees and apple trees were often already flowering. So almost spring really was almost. It was warm, bright, and shortly it would be absolutely lovely.

Along the banks of the Blackstone

Little islands in the river

Up here, it means it’s raining. A few flowers are blooming (daffodils, azalea, tulips … and in very sunny places, apple trees), but there aren’t a lot of buds on the trees. The only leaves I can see are on the still living despite having at least three trees fall on it, lilac — and forsythia.

Me and the trout fisherman

Spring in New England is frustrating. It’s winter, winter, winter, chilly rainy and muddy … and you look around and it’s gray. Then, one day in the middle of May (depending on weather, of course), it bursts into summer in a matter of hours.

More trout fishing

Today I actually had to turn the heat on again. I really didn’t want to because I am trying hard to NOT need another tank of oil before fall. Winter this year was a bit weird. Not nearly as snowy as usual, but blowy and periodically, very cold.

Green growth by the river

This is normally just a tiny stream, but with so much rain, it has become quite a river in its own right

We didn’t get those long sieges of bitter weather we often get in January and February, but it was cold enough to need $300 in plowing and an extra tank of oil. And all we had was one snowy month.  If it had snowed the rest of the winter, we’d be bankrupt.

Reflections

Yesterday was sweatshirt warm and if you were in the right place, even warmer. It wasn’t raining, so we went and took pictures. A lot of pictures because who knows when we’ll have another chance to go out again?

Young fir trees and bare branches by the river

The constant rain begins to get to you after a while. Last night it poured with thunder and lightning Lucky us, no tornadoes.

Oh, for the people who recognize plants. The woodlands are full of that green stuff that looks like skunk cabbage. I couldn’t get close enough to get a tight picture. It was across the waterway, but I think that’s what it is. Doesn’t anyone know for sure? I’m not good with recognizing wild plants. I’m not even good at recognizing garden plants so assistance would be appreciated!



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13 replies

  1. You poor thing, you seem to have been waiting for ages for some decent weather. It’ll come soon, surely, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Still, you’ve managed to take some great photos, nonetheless. Sadly I know less about plants than most, so my apologies for being unable to help there. But they all look good in the photos. 🙂

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  2. We must’ve had a front move through last night, because the temp dropped 30 degrees from what it was yesterday evening. Even though it only dropped into the 40’s, it felt pretty frigid because we’ve been really spoiled by the temperatures this month. Not spoiled enough to get more than two days in a row without rain…. but spoiled in the way that I’m getting used to leaving my jacket at home again.

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  3. Beautiful share . Thank you sharing the beauty of fun and nature

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  4. Our spring sprung and is now letting the rain take over. One of the first plants that Spring everywhere in the woods here is wild garlic which you can even use for cooking when it is fresh. Your photos are wonderful and I am glad you managed to get out into nature.

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  5. It bursts into summer here in the desert, in May, as well.., but it’s more like an explosion as temperatures that were reasonable 70s, 80s jump to 3 digits, 100 and over. I’ll take your spring any day. Nice shots by Garry.., he’s definitely a people person with photography.., found his niche.

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