Early Spring Walk

The skies are a lovely mottled blue gray. It’s cold enough for a coat and scarf. But I’m glad to be out, breathing more deeply and gratefully than I do indoors. Everywhere I look I see something beautiful.

Tiny flowers emerging around last autumn’s leaves.

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Bracket fungus (conk) on a tree, forming a perfect awning over woodpecker holes.


Convoluted paths in the dirt. We think these were routes tunneled by mice under the snow, now impressions left on the ground after spring’s thaw.


Buds everywhere.


A Cooper’s hawk coasting on air currents folds its wings and plummets groundward in a glorious swoop that spells doom for a tiny mouse. It reminds me how cosmologist Brian Swimme teaches that neither creature would be what they are without the other. The hawk’s sharp eyesight, speed, and precision are honed by it’s prey’s keen awareness, ability to freeze in place, skill at burrowing and dodging. The pressure of hunger and the urge to survive work together to create distinctive species.


Only a few days, and the bulbs that were barely emerging


are now forming blooms.


After our walk Winston eyes the porch. He’s missed barking at the delivery person but because it’s spring the door is open and that means he can growl quietly at the package left behind. Ah, the joy.

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of "Free Range Learning," a handbook of natural learning and "Tending," a poetry collection. She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she's a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, ponder life’s deeper meaning, talk to chickens and cows, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art. Blog: lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/ FB: facebook.com/FreeRangeLearningCommunity FB: facebook.com/SubversiveCooking FB: facebook.com/laura.euphoria Twitter: @earnestdrollery
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8 Responses to Early Spring Walk

  1. katechiconi says:

    For me, the summer’s rampant growth is slowly folding itself down into something more moderate and measured. Now, I’ll be able to grow all the European vegetables that can’t cope with tropical heat and humidity. Fruit is ripening gently, it’s time to prune the trees and clear away the enormously long vines of the snake beans, dig over the vegie beds and start planning where to plant out all the trees I brought with me in tubs from my last home, which have patiently waited out the summer. The ground is softer, the rain gentler, the nights are cooler. It’s time to get out and garden!

    • I almost feel I’m there from your description (although I did have to ask Google to show me images of snake beans — oh my!).

      • katechiconi says:

        They’re spectacular, aren’t they? I have a variety called Purple Dragon, which have vivid purple blotches on the green. The biomass the plants push out is astonishing; you have to keep on and on pinching out the growing tips or they’d entirely take over the garden. Worse than pumpkins, much faster growing!

    • No matter how long it’s been since you moved from England, you must still be astonished at the extravagance of a tropical climate. Is there any hope of getting them to grow up fences or trellises to leave you space for other plants?

      • katechiconi says:

        I have been using bamboo cane teepees and baler twine, but they refused to be confined! Next year they will have more space and much more discipline!

  2. Patrick says:

    Lovely! I feel a lightness and peace through your writing and connection with nature. I appreciate your celebration of even the brown and gray. Thank you.

  3. Bill says:

    It’s a beautiful time of year. Thanks for sharing these scenes. The point about how the hawk and mouse make each other what they are is a wonderful observation. Great food for thought.

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