Thoreau Thursdays (48): To See the Spring Come In

March 15, 2012

“One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Watercolor sketch of spring crocuses

“Walden is melting apace.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man’s discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The spring equinox arrives this year in Seattle on March 19th at 10:14 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Like Thoreau, I especially enjoy welcoming this new season and watch with interest the changes that mark the transition from our cold winters.

Seattle springs are long, drawn-out affairs.  The changeover from winter is very gradual and the blooming and blossoming moves forward in progression over many days and months.  We do not have the extremes of weather like the Midwest and our four seasons are not so pronounced:

“Seattle spring was a delicate flowering of the pale gray winter — a pastel prelude to the pale yellow summer which flowed gently into the lavender autumn and on into the pale gray winter.  It was all very subtle and, as we wore the same clothes the year around . . . we were never season conscious.”
— Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I

I will try to stay attentive to these subtle seasonal changes and celebrate each new arrival —  crocuses, daffodils, longer days, rhubarb, asparagus . . .  Welcome Spring!


One Response to “Thoreau Thursdays (48): To See the Spring Come In”

  1. Uncle Tree Says:

    Actually, I kinda dig this global warming. I even FEEL green.
    Cheerz to a happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂 Uncle Tree

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