Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A Change In The Air

Something has shifted.
Can you feel it?
Spring is just around the corner, but if you listen carefully...
you can hear her whispering in your ear...
softly, gently... speaking of that which has been dormant for the long, dark winter months.
The earth is beginning to awaken.
The snowdrops are blooming.


I found these in the woods yesterday and my heart just about burst!


After days of snow and rain, the sun returned to warm things up a bit.
Although I know that we will still have wintry weather in March,
I also know that it is short-lived. 


The days are getting longer.
Warmth has returned to the sun's rays.
The birds are once again greeting the morning with song.


You can feel it.
You can smell it.


It's there, just underneath the surface of the soggy ground...
that hum of energy...
life, ready and waiting to burst forth.


Be patient... it won't be long.


We took the dogs for a hike yesterday afternoon.


We walked the woods in search of fairy houses.


Of course we found several.


They were dark inside... the fairies are still asleep (they hibernate in the winter time, you know.)
But, it won't belong before they are buzzing around the forest...
casting their magic down upon flora and fauna and helping Mother Nature to transform
the world.


While hiking, I came upon a fungus that I had never before seen.


I was amazed by how delicate and lacy it was...
with such bold color... but translucent.
I think there are fairies that are dedicated to propagating new and wonderful fungi.

As we hiked the trail,  we were aware of a rather large herd of deer traveling 
through the woods parallel to us.


They were wary of our presence and maintained their distance...
but for several minutes we could see flashes of their tannish-brown fur and fluffy white tails.


Even the deer have begun their seasonal transformation...
their fur changing from the winter grey color to the brown of spring.


(The last three photos were from our game cameras.)

See what I mean?
The earth is ready...
Spring is eagerly waiting around the corner...
with butterflies of anticipation in her belly...
ready to cast her magic spell...
bringing forth new life...
and loveliness!


Aren't we so very lucky to be able to witness this miracle?

16 comments:

Louise Stopford said...

I think you have given us all something to look forward to. Spring is eagerly awaited .. but this morning in Cheshire, England we have woken to a blanket of snow with severe weather warnings. Everything comes to a halt in this country when it snows. I don't think we are prepared for this weather at all. So hurry up Spring and work your magic.

daisy gurl said...

Oh, Yes! We are enjoying the changing seasons so much since relocating to the Foothills of NC. Every nod by Mother Nature is appreciated! She is magical in her creations!
Enjoy!

Colleen said...

That was a refreshing hike through the woods.. thanks for taking us along.
Here in northern Maine we are still under piles of snow but the days are longer and the sun will work its magic and we will see signs of spring before we know it.... welcome signs may I add.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

the older i get, the more i appreciate the seasons. the sounds of spring have even arrived in the city!

littlemancat said...

Love the pics and your narrative! Oh those snowdrops make my heart burst too. The photo of the weathered door - beautiful. A doorway to Spring,
Mary

Patsy said...

I was thinking about my fairies this weekend. With St. Patrick's day coming up, they will soon be making an appearance. Last year, they visited your place and came back all atwitter about how nice it was. They felt very special with your cookies and tea. Thank you for hosting them. They will probably come and visit again this year if you don't care. They felt very welcome when they were there.

Junebug said...

I can smell Spring in the air! Daffoldils and crocuses blooming with snowflakes drifting. But soon the sun will peak through, the weatherman promised!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That is one weirdly beautiful fungus.

Kay Saylor said...

Not positive, but think the fungi is Wood Ear.

Dee J. Hartman said...

Yes, love your fairy homes, your introduction to Spring and the warmth that your pictures bring, and narrative shared each day! ~Dee

Uli Lappin said...

I envy you all the rain you are getting - here in Kansas it is so dry the edges of my yard are beginning to crack. On the other hand, it is getting warmer here - in the 70's & the birds are beginning to sing again, I even spotted an egg shell in my yard.

Jody in Georgia said...

Spring has been tiptoeing around here, too, with various flowering trees in full bloom and the daffodils everywhere - I think daffodils are my favorite sign of spring around these parts with their bright sunny faces. I think everyone's ready for it. Thanks for you photos and your wonderful words of encouragement to Mother Nature!

Missy George said...

Our Snow drops have been up for several weeks..Daffys and Tulips are up about 6 inches...We will probably get more snow..They are getting ready to Tanbark here..a bit soon, I think.Lovely , magical post..Take care of those fairies..

diane in northern wis said...

What a lovely, cheery blog today. Just the sound of March makes me think of spring...even though March can be quite a stinker at times! May it be a good month for all of us and show us some beautiful Spring-like weather too. Ooh that fungus is really something....and the fairy houses too. Love your blog....always.

Lynne said...

Yes indeed . . .
Springtime miracles . . .
Snowdrops and green . . . how wonderful . . .

Wood Fairy said...

I think your fungus might be called elephant ears there are some in the woods near me which a friend pointed out as she had recently been on a day of identifying with a forrester) I found your blog randomly, you have some lovely photography. Betty :)

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