“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
It’s spring again at last, and all the world is smiling. Ash has asked us to respond to this week’s challenge with signs of spring. Here on Kiawah, all of the creatures that share our lovely spot on the planet are peeking out from their winter’s hideaway. The bright green frog above as well as the baby gator below.
“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
As those of us on Kiawah know only too well, where there’s a baby there’s sure to be a watchful mama close by. The one below, which my lens captured just yesterday, seems as happy as we are that spring has finally arrived.
“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”
Here in South Carolina’s beautiful lowcountry, spring arrives early. Plants and animals begin peeking out from winter’s hibernation in late March and early April. Baby creatures are born and flowers bloom as winter disappears and spring’s warm breezes caress the earth. Nesting loggerhead turtles return from the sea to deliver their eggs to our shore. The hatchlings who survive will make their way to the sea, amazingly finding their way back each following year to hatch their own offspring.
“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”
Kiawah is also a stopover for the beautiful Monarch butterfly as it makes it’s way across the country, following the warmer climates it needs to thrive.
“Spring brings joy to life.”
It is a time for our beautiful shore birds, like the great blue herons and graceful egrets below, to nest and bear their young.
“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”
“Every man and every living creature has a sacred right to the gladness of springtime.”
Flowers begin to bloom, from the lovely purple and yellow irises to the gloriously scented magnolias that share their potent perfume with anyone passing them by.
“ Springtime crawls out of the wild mouths of flowers.”
“At springtime all is born-again.”
It’s not only the creatures who come out of hibernation to enjoy springtime’s warm sun and soft breezes. Residents too (including yours truly) are once again taking to the paths and beaches to soak up the joys of springtime. This year especially, after the absurdly long and harsh winter of 2014, we are all entitled to bask in the beauty of nature’s rebirth.
“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring”
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Here’s to spring, may it teach us the value of perseverance as winter vanishes at last!
To see some others’ views of springtime, click here.