Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Early Spring Images

Well, it was still snowing up until about two weeks, but now, early signs of spring are appearing everywhere. The lilies have already begun sending their chlorophyllic solar panels skyward:



As have the multicolored crocuses:



On the other hand, my local neighborhood decorating consultant has apparently had a change in taste regarding the sort of window bottles I should be using this year in my home, replacing the sophisticated worldliness of Sutter Home White Zinfandel with the somewhat smokier, earthier appeal of Southern Comfort (see the past article Miscreants Decorated My Home, if you find yourself in the dark on this one):



It's a shame that these bottles are made of plastic. Otherwise, they actually might've worked out quite well alongside the Sutter Home bottles.

Over the course of the past three days, the spring weather turned particularly foul, as an intense Nor'easter bombarded southern New England and the greater New York Metropolitan areas, with huge amounts of rain and winds gusting upwards of about seventy miles an hour. Fortunately, Derby and the rest of the Naugatuck Valley were spared much of the damage that befell many points farther west of us.

Today was the first nice day in many days, with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid-sixties. I spent the late afternoon at the New Haven Rowing Club, and managed to take this nice photo of the Housatonic River from the boathouse, just as the sun was beginning to sink beneath the trees on the opposite shore:



The water was relatively flat, but moving quite quickly, and with lots of swirling eddies, as they were bleeding water from the Stevenson Dam this afternoon, just about a mile upstream. The next photo shows the view facing toward the downstream end of the dock:



All in all, not a bad way to end a gorgeous day -- enjoying the last rays of the warm sun, with a coffee in hand.

7 comments:

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Always love seeing the signs of spring breaking through the earth and sky; your photos capture this beautifully! Although here in Michigan I've been told by a few that robins abound even in winter, I have only just seen my first this past week and now look forward to the wrens returning. They usually arrive on or close to Apr 26...can't wait!

John Poole said...

Thanks Coralie! Hope you see those robins soon. They've already returned to Connecticut, as I saw a bunch of them in the yard just this morning. Happy Spring to you!

Gledwood said...

Wow that is OLD!

I have family who live in quite an old cottage (nobody knows how old it is) they think at least 300 years... point being that the front door step, which is solid stone, has literally worn down maybe an inche from being trodden on all these years... We always wonder who lived there before, because this is a mystery... the place was a tumbledown wreck when they bought it and nobody knows anything about any previous owners...

John Poole said...

Thanks for visiting, Gledwood. Your family cottage sounds very interesting. Same deal here regarding steps -- the 2nd floor stair treads, which are made of wood, have deep indentations in them, especially on the turns, from 100s of years of footsteps. Thanks for your comment!

AlexandraFunFit said...

I love crocuses, but tulips are my favorite. Do you get tulips in CT?

John Poole said...

Thanks, Alexandra! Yes, tulips are pretty popular in CT. Of course, I invariably forget to plant them in the fall. If it's not too late, I may still attempt to plant some now for next spring (just so you can enjoy them!) Thanks for the idea...

AlexandraFunFit said...

Thank you. You are well on your way to becoming a good person.