|Snow near Bainbridge, NY 4-17-14|
My vacation was already like a dream. I had swapped a light coat for shorts, and bare trees were still the order of the day. Spring had rewound into a tight bundle, here and there showing a glimpse of the unfurling to come - any day now, I hope.
I thought about last week, in Charleston, South Carolina, as I imagined an 80 degree breeze caressing me.
endangered by development, but (for now) has been saved.
A live oak dripping with Spanish Moss says "South" like nothing else. This one is on the campus of the College of Charleston, one of the most beautiful urban college campuses in the United States.
|Anemones and Tulips Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham, NC|
|Camellia Moonlight Bay, Sarah P Duke Gardens|
Then, north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the forsythias disappeared. Starting around 20 miles south of Hazleton, PA we were left with snow on the roadsides.
It reached 57 at our house today, and it still felt good in the sunshine. We took a drive today, and appreciated the hills of home. Those bare trees will leafed out by early May, we know. The lenten rose in our backyard is blooming, as is our bloodroot. (You'll see them tomorrow.) Spring will come to us, all in its good time.
But it was sure nice to have spring before its time, too.