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Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Another winter, a long and tough winter, is finally over here in NJ. But spring, with all her glory (yes, spring is very pleasant even in New Jersey), has not truly kicked-in yet. We’re in-between seasons. When the clouds grow dark, we no longer worry about shoveling snow. Almost all of the snowpack has melted. But the trees are still bare, and the brown grass and leaves from last autumn haven’t been replaced yet by fresh green shoots.

You can get the sense of it in this picture taken earlier today. A rain puddle reflects the gray clouds, looking not much different from a January and February sky; and the reflected bare trees await their new green buds. A half-rotted leaf from one of those trees remains, awaiting its ultimate assignment as mulch for a new season of growth. The stage is set for another season of renewal, but for now, the damp chill remains.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 7:27 pm      
 
 


  1. Jim, Yes, I agree. I find myself wondering if this will be another one of those years when we need to wear a light coat in July (even a heavy one to watch fireworks on July 4–as we did maybe 20 years ago, if I remember correctly about how long ago it was. I certainly remember the heavy coats).

    And now there are earthquakes…. I find myself wondering if the weather is a reflection of the unconscious of humans; then agam, maybe it’s vice versa. Either way, I find myself wondering just what is going on in the collective unconscious.

    If all this is a result of climate change, it’s easy to see how it could certainly affect humans who lived say 10,000 years ago and had less protection from the elements than we have now. Whatever it is, we will just have to learn how to deal with it and/or get through all it brings. The earth has its own cycles, and humans aren’t going to change them.

    Your picture is a really good one. It also made me think how clueless I am as a photographer. I’d have passed that puddle and certainly not seen the reflection that is so beautiful and that you saw. Nice. Very nice. MCS

    [Mary — hey thanks, maybe it’s all that Zen training at work! Just as an aside, I read a speculative forecast for my area today, saying that another inch or two of snow could still happen sometime next week! Oh, and as to weather, my next post for later this week will be about global warming and the predicted eventual return to an ice age. Which trend will rule?]

    Comment by Mary S. — March 30, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

  2. Thanks again, Jim, for capturing so much within one wordless, silent frame. A language that needs no words.

    Comment by spunkykitty — April 12, 2014 @ 4:22 am

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