This morning, as I headed off island for the day, I experienced one of the sure signs of spring on the island. The float was back in the water at the Town Dock. This means we switch from boarding the mailboat at the stairs on the side of the dock,
to using the ramp to board the boat from the float. The float will stay in the water until November.
This photo I took before a meeting I attended today. A sure sign of feeling mischievous.
Sometimes I just can’t help myself. It must be spring.
Not my favorite spring weather report. It started before dark, with just enough light for us to watch the ground turn white again. But, cool beans. There was also just enough light to watch about 8 of my favorite spring visitors. The fox sparrows were hopping back and forth on the ground to find food, leaving little green patches where they had cleared the fresh snow.
I love these jumpy little birds. They are easy to identify from other sparrows because they are slightly bigger. They are fun to watch and their song is a delight to hear. (Click here for a link to hear it. Scroll down to “typical voice” on the left.) They are not around for long as they are just passing through on their trip north to Canada. Even when it snows, they are a definite sign of spring.
(None of these photos are mine. All are from Google images.)
Saturday was a beautiful day and a bunch of us geared up to watch the rise of the “super moon” around 7 p.m. The sun was just setting as we walked to a beach facing southeast. At one point we wondered if we might be in the wrong spot to watch the moon come up out of the water, afraid that the moon would rise too far to the east from where we were standing. Moments later a bright orange line appeared on the horizon. We were in a perfect spot. It just stuns me, in the best way, to imagine so many people doing the same thing at the same time, yet not in the same place.
The moon was actually much more orange, as represented by the photo below, taken by Henry Isaacs. His camera obviously has a better zoom than my point and shoot. I love my camera for close up work, but there are no super super moon shots with a super macro lens.
There have been signs of spring all around this weekend. We heard the first woodcock as we walked back from the beach last night. There were fox sparrows all over the ground by my feeder this afternoon and robins are everywhere. Bruce and several other island lobstermen have their boats back in the water and freshly baited traps are being set.
All day I have been thinking about our country, now involved in 3 (three!) wars, and about small amounts of radiation showing up in some of Japan’s food supply. I have been thinking about last night, and how almost everyone I knew, and even more that I didn’t know, took a break from whatever they were doing to watch the moon rise. And how, in the midst of death, devastation, and disappointment all over the world, it was a moment of grace.