Herald of spring

Electric crocuses

Electric crocuses

Spring drew on… and a greenness grew over those brown [garden] beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.

~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


When I looked out the window first thing this morning, I was greeted by a happy sight and sound.  The sound was a loud “conk-la-ree!!”  The sight was this:

Red-winged Blackbird returns!

Red-Winged Blackbird returns!

The Red-Winged Blackbird is our harbinger of spring.  When he returns, winter will soon give over to spring.  Never mind that we have snow in the forecast for this week.  It won’t last.  Old Man Winter is on his way out (although I expect he won’t go without throwing around some more snow).


I’ve seen bees in the crocuses, gnats swarming in the warmth of the sunlight, and ripples on the pond indicating the fish are awake and swimming.  Sap is pouring out of the maple trees where M trimmed them.  We should have set up buckets to catch it so we could make maple syrup.  If you take a walk or drive down our road, you’ll see quite a few tapped maples, buckets hanging from their trunks and collecting the sap.


Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.

~ John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir


I hope you don’t mind my electric crocuses.  The processing is probably a bit too much, but sometimes spring looks and feels that way to me.  As if it’s gone overboard with color and light to make up for the gray days of February.

Late winter reflections

Late winter reflections

It’s been a mostly cloudy with sunny spells kind of day.  Warm, too, and very windy.


Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.

~ Maya Angelou

Dancing in the meadow

Dancing in the meadow

I tried to capture the Red-Winged Blackbird doing his dance in the meadow.  It’s not a great shot, but you get some idea of how beautiful he looks in flight when his yellow and red patches are showing.


Waiting to awaken

That’s it from the Bogs on this warm and blustery Sunday.  Thank you for dropping in and helping me welcome the Red-Winged Blackbird back to the Bogs.  He is a joyous sight to behold.

Geese inverted

Geese inverted

Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

Neopolitan geese

Neopolitan geese

One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.

~ Aldo Leopold


28 Comments on “Herald of spring”

  1. mobius faith says:

    Lovely. I “felt” spring was here for the first time this weekend. I saw fattened Robins. I even saw 4 swans in the wild which I’ve never seen before. Of course the warm temps helped. Such a beautiful weekend to be outdoors. Thanks for this beautiful post. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Terry. And thank you. 🙂

      It doesn’t feel much like spring today, but the signs are still in place. I saw my first robin yesterday morning. How cool to see swans! I saw them in the wild a few years ago (near Mogadore). I keep hoping one or two will show up here.

  2. Val says:

    I love your electric crocuses! 🙂

    Our spring came and looks like it’s going again which is bad news for the frogs that spawned just a day ago.

  3. Red Winged Blackbird looks quite princely! What a stunning day in Ohio!

  4. dogear6 says:

    I love the crocus and what you did with them – really pretty! We don’t have many red-winged blackbirds here in Richmond. I think there’s not enough swamps by our house. But I did see robins shivering in snow – it’s time for spring!


  5. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Robin —

    I love how you use the effects to highlight the beauty of things we might think have become ordinary. I really like the electric crocus and esp. the one of the rwblackbird where he is in color and the rest fades out. How do you do that? It really turned out well.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, BATR. 🙂 I used Picasa for that effect. I know how to do it on Photoshop, but it’s much easier to click one button in Picasa.

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Things are appearing as I actually so a natural, outdoor flower this weekend.

  7. The crocuses are especially gorgeous. Beautiful photographs.

  8. I too saw the red-winged blackbird! Spring IS coming soon

  9. Amy says:

    Thank you for bringing spring to us! Beautiful photos.

  10. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I love your electric crocuses. I agree that spring seems electric (vibrating, stunning, vibrant, lots of words to fit the metaphor). Our crocuses are just pointy buds under the snow, but that is melting fast. You have made me anxious for the start of spring! Jane

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Jane. 🙂 I’m always amazed at how fast spring proceeds once the crocuses have started to appear (even if it does feel like winter today!).

  11. Dana says:

    Love the electric crocuses! You know me, I enjoy things that are a bit over the top. 😉

  12. Kathy says:

    I like the electric crocuses, Robin. They zing with that spring-like energy, just like you said. (You did say that, didn’t you?) And the red-wing blackbird is so colorful after winter’s white. I like that spring is arriving down your way. It means it can’t be far off from up here either.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 I think I said that, but I’m not sure. I’ll have to go look. Or not. We can pretend I did, whether I did or not.

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  15. Jas Baku says:

    Blissful images, we need some Spring here!

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