The Last Day of Winter

March 19, 2013

“There’s no question winter here can take a chunk out of you.  Not like the extreme cold of the upper Midwest or the round-the-clock darkness of Alaska might, but rather the opposite.  Here, it’s a general lack of severity — monotonous flat gray skies and the constant drip-drip of misty rain — that erodes the spirit.”
— Dylan Tomine, Closer to the Ground:  An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woodland and at the Table

Moss-covered tractor, Whidbey Island

Moss-covered tractor, Whidbey Island

Lest you think I moan too much about the winter rain and gray skies, I am submitting today’s photo as proof that reality matches my glum outlook.  I saw this moss-covered tractor in a field on Whidbey Island.  This is what happens if you remain immobilized for too long during winter in the Pacific Northwest!  The moss takes over!

So it is with great anticipation that we greet the vernal equinox in Seattle.  It arrives in Seattle tomorrow, March 20th, at 4:02 a.m.  Welcome Spring!

Of course, Spring here is not without its April showers — and March, May and June showers, too.  But the longer days make a huge difference.  Still, as Emily Dickinson knew, Spring is an “Experiment of Green.”  The tractor might just be destined to stay a “green machine.”

by Frances May

on my window
on the ground
in the sky
all around


6 Responses to “The Last Day of Winter”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Well, down here in drought country, we look at you with a combination of longing, envy and – let’s be honest here – resentment. After all, would you rather have all that green or this, from a day ago? There are a lot of people around here who are terrified we’re heading into another drought year. I’d take weeks of gloomy, just to get rid of the dust, preserve the trees and save the farmers!

    • Rosemary Says:

      Thanks for the comments today, which widened my perspective. That photo, Linda, is simply frightening — like we’re heading to (already in) another Dust Bowl. Drought is terrifying — water is life.

  2. Margaret Says:

    I’d love to see green moss. Everything here is buried under a heavy blanket of white snow. Ugh!

  3. Elisa Says:

    I really like the greens and the purple and the way they are balanced through this image.

  4. diana Says:

    I do understand the seemingly never ending gray dampness. I’ve lived hear about 35 years and every January it really hits rock bottom with the possible visual relief of a blanket of snow. This year, no luck. I have learned to observe and appreciate subtle colors and patterns in unexpected places over the years. The photo of the tractor is a wonderful example of that, just as Elisa recognized. It is amazing what we can chose to see in the physical world around us. My eyes welcomed that photo as a visual feast in the middle of winter’s usually drab offerings. All that said, I will be welcoming spring with a happy heart and flowers for the house!!! Perhaps, between raindrops, I’ll sprinkle sweet pea seeds about and anticipate the colors and aromas of the season to come!

  5. Ladybug Says:

    I agree that we are lucky to have so much rain in Seattle. WE provide the balance for the rest of the non rain forest climates around the world. Everything has its Yin and Yang. I am thankful for the green we have and the mild climate that the Pacific breathes on us. Hail Spring and all the little fairy feet of sunshine yet to come. Hurrah!

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