|Daffodil Barn, Keene, NH|
|Cold Franconia Sunrise|
I have always loved winter, especially the unique photographic opportunities that the pristine white blanket provides in the sparse angular light of the season. We had a good share of snow this winter, but it is this year’s persistent body and soul numbing cold that has finally wrecked my spirit. Perhaps it is my aging circulation that makes the cold more difficult to tolerate, but all would agree that this winter has been unusually frigid and without the occasional thaws that normally serve to trigger at least a breath of hope for nature’s resurrection. I am hoping that by this weekend when I publish this article the temperatures may have moderated a bit,
|Perkins Pond Spring, Troy, NH|
I hope that these few images provide a brief respite from the chill, but if not, that's ok, this one is for me. Feel free to prolong your vernal escape by browsing the Spring Archive on my web site.
|St Matthew's Lupine, Sugar Hill, NH|
The Annual Lupine Festival in Sugar Hill New Hampshire, just north of Franconia Ridge, is a blast of spring color is a spectacular setting, but for me, the real attraction of spring is the endless variety and richness of the newly erupted greens.
|Fresh Green, Brattleboro, Vermont|
|Huntington Cascade, Dixville Notch, NH|
Early spring is waterfall season, with the vigorous winter run-off being the main attraction until the leaves start popping out. The season comes late to New Hampshire's North Country and it is possible to follow the early spring north much like the fall colors can be tract as they move from north to south.
|Table Rock, Balsams, NH|
The Balsams Grand Hotel seen from Table Rock in Dixville North, New Hampshire. Sadly the resort is now closed, but there is hope that this classic might open again with plans for an expanded ski resort.
|Curious Goat, Dummerston, Vt|
Spring also is reflected in the excitement of the animals as they escape from the barn into fresh pastures with the sweatiest grass of the season.
|Dawn Pasture, Dummerston, VT|
This exuberance is no better seen than in Stonewall Farm's annual "Dancing of the Ladies" when the cows go wild, running jumping and head bumping, as they are released to pasture for the first time.
|Dancing Lady, Keene, NH|
|Central Square Blossoms, Keene, NH|
Every spring for just a few days Keene's Central Square becomes a festival flowers. The trick is to fine the day when the sun is full. I can look back on the dates of old images from the event to gauge when the vigil should begin.
|Orchard Maple, Walpole, NH|
Sadly, I can't anticipate that all these favorite icons of spring will return. Tragically, the great Oak on the Hilltop at Alyson's Orchard in Walpole, New Hampshire is now only a memory It was devastated by a lightning strike and had to be removed last fall.
|Wildflower Barn, Westmoreland, NH|
|Openings, Marlborough, NH|
I found one of my favorite Birch groves by accident in Reading Vermont, while looking for the famous Weathersfield Birches. I eventually discovered that fable grove is now overgrown and no longer the treasure about which I had read. This spot was a worthy conciliation.
|Spring Birches, Reading, Vt|
As I complete this prayer to spring, I'm thrilled to report that yesterday the temperature climbed tentatively into the 40's. Anything above freezing brings hope, but next week promises colder temperatures and a chance for another storm. That's New England. All we can do is make the best of what nature gives us and occasionally escape into our photographs to be assured that spring will come.
Slide Show of My Full Spring Archive
Oh, and one more sign of spring arrived yesterday. I discovered that the eagles have returned to their nest on the Connecticut River, and they appear to be faithfully on guard. Hopefully chicks will be emerging soon.
|Bald Eagles on the nest, one guarding, the other bringing supper.|
Spring in New England (Photo Archive)