With so much snow still in the woods, it doesn’t look much like Spring here. Thankfully, the Easter Bunny hopped by this morning to remind us that not just Easter, but Spring too is on its way. Its coat of blended tawny brown and white indicates the lengthening daylight hours. Surely all that extra sunlight will help us see grass again soon.
It’s been a rough winter for wildlife. Relentless snowfalls have covered food sources and made movement on all types of terrain difficult. Deer have been frequent visitors in the yard, looking for anything edible.
Not all creatures are as lucky as the snowshoe hares to be able to leap with ease on top of the snow. Bobcats haven’t been able to keep up with them in deep snow and have suffered the consequences in their dwindling numbers. With their small prey buried deep in tunnels beneath the hard snow cover, snowy owls have also suffered.
Sometimes hard winters make it seem like warmer days will never come again, especially when snow continues to fall for weeks after the vernal equinox.
Hopefully, the real spring is just around the corner.
The deep roots never doubt spring will come.
~ Marty Rubin
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2015