Springtime Again

The mild winter gave us several days of blue-white splendor.

The mild winter gave us several days of blue-white splendor.

A roadhouse for wintering chickadees and woodpeckers.

A roadhouse for wintering chickadees and woodpeckers.

Sorry I ate your white pine seedlings and your wife's garden plants.

Sorry I ate your white pine seedlings and your wife’s garden plants.

Looks cold feels cold but an unborn spring was gathering warmth.

Looks cold feels cold but an unborn spring was gathering warmth.

Listen carefully for Goldenrod's Lament.

Listen carefully for Goldenrod’s Lament.

Rodentia Heights: Bed 'n' Breakfast

Rodentia Heights: Bed ‘n’ Breakfast

Robin greets the first light of spring: "Drawing the frost from the rigid trees, Starting the sap in the sugar maples, Thawing the frozen earth with song..." (W. Christman)

Robin greets the first light of spring: “Drawing the frost from the rigid trees, Starting the sap in the sugar maples, Thawing the frozen earth with song…” (W. Christman)

Man, that water's cold! But they say the Pine Creek browns are bigger than usual this year...

Man, that water’s cold! But they say the Pine Creek browns are bigger than usual this year…

Even at the Hotel bar, you can't blame a guy for dreaming...

Even at the Hotel bar, you can’t blame a guy for dreaming…

They don't call him song sparrow for nothin'. Covering Sun Ra's "Springtime Again"?

They don’t call him song sparrow for nothin’. Covering Sun Ra’s “Springtime Again”?

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About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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15 Responses to Springtime Again

  1. plaidcamper says:

    A splendid set of photographs – sights to warm us up, little by little…
    We’ve opted to head south for a few days, find some spring in SF. Boy, it is so green and colourful after an Albertan winter!
    Hope your week is going well – spring break?

    • Thanks Plaid! Hope you have a great visit to the relatively tropic U.S. coast. Even if it’s business rather than “spring break.” It’s green. My break is rather late this year. Still a month away. And then to the islands.

  2. Brent says:

    I really like these photography poems. That looks like a beautiful late winter snowfall–did it happen last weekend? We had highs around 40, quite a bit of rain, and even a few wet snowflakes.

    • Glad you like ’em, Brent. The winter scenes are not from the recent flurry of weather activity, rather from a slight storm about a month ago. We got no accumulation here this week, but it’s feeling like spring.

  3. Ken G says:

    They’re calling for snow here in Illinois on Thursday. Early spring is cruel. Luckily it won’t stick around long and hopefully it won’t be much snow. I think the deer shot and the commentary beneath it was my favorite. Needed a laugh before heading off to work.

    • Glad it worked for you, Ken. Those deer that survived the hunting season are notorious “eat first, think later” creatures, but they’re pretty anyway. Let’s hope for a “normal” spring season this year, although normal must be undefined.

  4. loydtruss says:

    Walt
    Outstanding array of images that is worth framing; I’m always impressed with outdoor scenes. Spring is my favorite time of the year; the only downer is it keeps coming around faster each year. Thanks for sharing

  5. Anonymous says:

    Walt – I enjoyed your poetical comments with photographs. It just seems like words sometimes get in the way.

  6. Mark Wittman says:

    Walt – I enjoyed your poetical comments with photographs. It just seems like words sometimes get in the way.

  7. Thanks Mark. Words do get in the way at times. As a writer, I acknowledge the fact and try to learn when it’s best to keep quiet.

  8. Hi Walt, I finally realized that my new blogroll was missing Rivertop Rambles. Lovely photographs that reminded me for a moment of what things were like here two days ago. A sudden blizzard buried everything yesterday but hopefully Spring will will relaunch soon.

    • Hi Howard, Glad to be back on board. I saw some pictures of your recent snow activity and was surprised, although I don’t know why since it’s still March almost everywhere I know. I remember a 3-foot snowfall we had here near the first week of spring in 1993 but I’m confident we’re done with major snowfall for this season. Well, at least here. At least for this week. Have a great spring season!

  9. Mary Frederick Ahearn says:

    Beautiful photos! There is something wonderful about that clear blue sky and white snow. Also love the robin and song sparrow – thanks for the moments of beauty caught so well.

    Mary

    • Mary,
      We’re probably past the season of blue sky and snow combinations at this point, but the robins and song sparrows and phoebes and bluebirds and all keep the period of major transition alive for us in the Northeast. Thanks for the kind words, and best wishes for a beautiful spring season in your area!

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