Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring: March 20, 2017

The afternoon before the arrival of Spring's zenith we are watching the USA team beat the Puerto Rico team in the World Baseball Classic. Of course, this was a taped version so we could bypass all the commercials and view at our leisure. As you notice in the picture below, it is Cathie watching and the babies are focusing on wriggling out of my top.

"It is the time of the equinox, when day and night 
are briefly equal. . . . . 
Of course, this day only represents 
a moment in time. 
Spring has long been returning, 
and we know that Summer will soon follow. 
The cycle of the seasons will continue in succession. 
There is no such thing as true stopping in time, 
for all is a continuum. 
Nature makes its own concordances 
as a mere outgrowth of its movement; 
it is we who see structure and give names to patterns." 
-Deng Ming-Dao.
Between Earth and Sky, sculpted by Dwight
looks towards the East and heralds
the awakening of sequestered energy
that is bursting forth.
With the record rainfall here in West Sonoma County, California, the native plants at MuRefuge that have been in survival mode are now are bursting forth in all their Spring time glory. Here are a few pictures taken yesterday.
MuRefuge's older planting of Pacific Wax Myrtle
(Myrica californica) in her most stunning Spring attire.
Sage napping amidst the Purple Needlegrass
that is decorated with full flowering
Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus).

In the foreground are spears of asparagus ready for harvest.
Right behind the fence is the now spreading stand of
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) abuzz with pollinators.
Behind and to the left is a California Bay (Umbellularia californica)
and in the background are two Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia).

Sprouting Cascadia peas growing in the greenhouse
protected from the possibility of a late frost.

As we each welcome Spring, may we

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