Saturday, May 14, 2011

vernal shift

With the earth tilting its axis increasingly toward the sun, the entire northern hemisphere cranes its face toward the sky and laughs. I am feeling this spring more than I ever have. Or perhaps it was just the winter that I felt more than usual. All I know is that I have finally crawled out of this self-imposed hibernaculum.

I love how the quality of light shifts with the change of seasons. No longer does the stark winter sun hover endlessly on the horizon, a giant glare at the end of the road. Spring light is subtle; shadows stay long later into the evening, earlier into the morning.

The birds feel it too. Their endless morning chatter wakes me around 5:30 these days, soon it will be 4:00. 5:30 is not a bad time to contemplate an early morning walk along the ridge, watching the sun strike the snow-capped peaks in the distance. It never gets past the contemplation stage, though. Several hours of coffee need to be savoured first.

Later in the day, I will throw open all the doors and windows. I love having nothing but a wooden screen door between me and the world.

16 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

I wish I had a screen door! Mine was ripped off in last year's deck reno and I'm missing it a lot. I'll miss it even more when it's super hot out, too.

I notice the difference in the quality of the light as well. It's one thing that makes it feel "springy" to me apart from the temperature changes.

As for the birds, I could live without their chirping at 4am, though.

umbrellalady said...

The sun is finally trying to peek out today and the temperatures are starting to warm up a wee bit. It has thankfully finally stopped raining here in Brandon...only one word to describe your spring vision - jealous - but only in a good way...lol

27thstreet said...

Here the many mature trees are a haven for birds galore and their music is intoxicating.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You need to get your screen door back, WC! Nobody should live without a screen door.
I'm not a fan of the 4:00 wake up call either, although I hate the woodpeckers eating our house even more.

I'm so glad to hear that the rain has finally stopped, Kathy. Sending evaporation wishes your way!

We're fortunate to live in an area that has mature trees as well, Mr Anchovy, although they don't get anywhere near the size of trees in central Canada. They are home to lots of birds and squirrels, even so.

Allison said...

Our weather has been spring-like but I would love some consistency and just a bit of sun. Yesterday was the warmest day we've had since October, so that was a plus. I don't think we're getting a summer though this year.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's one thing about Calgary, Al, we do get long stretches of sunny days. I'll see what I can do about shipping some of them further west.

pilgrimchick said...

Here in New England, the step from cool, wet spring into wonderful, warm spring has really been dragged out far too long. We have a whole week of the same to wait out before there is even hope for better. Enjoy the nice weather on our behalf!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wish I could send you some of ours, pilgrimchick. I know what it is like to have miserable weather while others are frolicking in the sun.

kelly said...

the nice thing about being here is the lack of mosquitoes which means that I never close the screens on the patio doors. I walk in, I walk out. Except when we have company from the prairies, they close the screens, it's all well intended, but I've had to have 1 repaired that I tried to walk through, and more than once they have been knocked off the tracks from me or the dog walking into them.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've noticed in Vancouver there don't seem to be screens on any windows either, Kelly. It feels very European to me.

Lots of comedic possibilities to be had with walking into a screen door!

But what about flies and wasps? Surely you have those?

kelly said...

I've begun to think my family closes it on purpose now just to see me run into it.

Flies don't seem to be a big problem. Wasps can get crazy here and the odd one comes in but most of them stay outside. When they do it keeps me entertained chasing them down. In the fall we get Crane Flies (aka Mosquito Hawks) coming in. They look like giant mosquitos but they don't bite

Sean Wraight said...

I'm curious... As Canadians Do you think we have become even more preoccupied with weather (and all things meteorological)? OR Is it the one true thing we share as human beings. That little commonality that lets us start a conversation or an email in a relatively inocuous fashion.

For the record the screen door has been shut for three days running. Bats and logs are falling from the sky as I type and there isn't much sign of it letting up. Nice and green here though if that's any consolation.

Curious S

Word verification - sholen - The act of borrowing your neighbours snowshoes without permission.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's interesting the different species of insects that are predominant in various areas of the country, Kelly. I feel like I have learned something today! Besides the fact that your family is messing with your mind...

In answer to your query, Sean, I have to say yes. Preoccupation with the weather is the one true thing that binds us all as humans. And Canadians share that more than most. Although I suspect that as climate unpredictability progresses, soon the rest of the world will have as much to talk about as we Canadians do.
Hopefully your neighbour will not sneak into your garage while your screen door in closed and make off with your snowshoes.

Westcoast Walker said...

I long for sunshine Barb - been a grey spring this year on the wet coast. Thankfully the flowers in my backyard have decided to spring forward in defiance of the sun's absence.

Along the lines of what Sean has brought up - although I don't think that chatting about the weather is uniquely Canadian, there does seem to be a bit of an obsession with this for us folks - think it comes from having to settle a land with such harsh and extreme seasons (back in the pre-facebook era I believe).

Verification word = "ingstr" - the sound that sun deprived west coast flowers make when they reluctantly peer out of the ground.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm glad to hear that your flowers are ingstring themselves out of the wet soil, Matthew. I do hope that you get a little sunshine now though. So much more pleasant to enjoy the flowers without an umbrella.

leazwell said...

Long live screens!