Let me try to explain...
Last spring or summer (I don't know because I don't have a date) on a near-perfect day, I decided to do a little experiment. I thought it might be fodder for a blog post. But nothing came of it...until now.
The experiment: I sat on the back screen porch and dedicated 30 minutes to recording all the sights, sounds, scents, and sensations I observed.
It seemed a little silly when I completed the list. And for the past many months, when I'd come across those notes I'd think, "Why did I do that?" Interestingly, I didn't discard the notes.
The other day when I, once again, noticed the list, its purpose was crystal clear: It helped me escape (at least in my imagination) from one of the most distasteful weather days of late winter. (Apologies to those who enjoy snow in March. I try not to whine about winter until after February.)
The notes transported me back to one of the most glorious days of 2012.
There it was on lined notebook paper: that silly list of my observations.
Sights: hummingbirds, acorns, chipmunks, bumblebees, squirrels, mosquitoes, flies, ants, fish, squirrel nests, chickadees.
Sounds: blue jays, hummingbirds, a circular saw, chipmunks, bumblebees, squirrels, crickets, German songs, whistling, cicadas, a train, chickadees.
Scents: fresh air, a hint of lake.
Sensations: light breeze, warm air.
Reading the list also reminded me that all those wonderful sensory experiences will return again very soon.
One item on the list--the sights and sounds of hummingbirds--gave me pause. When exactly do they migrate back? I found out with the help of an interactive map of ruby-throated hummingbird migration patterns from Annenberg Learner's Journey North. Shown here is the map from 2011, because 2012 was an unusually early spring. You can click on the map to see when hummingbirds are likely to make an appearance in your garden. The site also includes interactive maps for other hummingbird species and other migrating animals.
|Source: Annenberg Learner's Journey North|
Now that's something to celebrate!
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