Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring 2: Post-Dating

6:50-7:15am, Bussey Brook Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
chilly, misty overcast

I was all prepared to explain in detail why today's post would be called "Spring 1", as the official first day of spring. My rationale for going with an astronomical calendar, the equinox, instead of an environmentally-observed event (the first singing robin, the appearance of blackbirds) was that since spring seems to evolve gradually over a few weeks, a solar-determined date is as good as any.

However, the Internet Sages just informed me that yesterday was actually the first official day of spring. Oops! Well, my timing was a bit off, but my rationale remains. In fact, it feels better, since yesterday's adventure was a worthy marker of the Official Start of Spring: conquering the Buck Hill sunrise on a gorgeous, sunny day.

So yesterday's post has been edited (post-- dated), and we are now comfortably moving on to the second day of spring: a hazy, overcast morning full of song sparrows. The marsh in the meadows is now fully defrosted and wet, complete with ducks and geese.


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