Sunday, March 12, 2017

Winter Giving Way to Spring

March brought us more rain and snow.  Heavy rain in the local mountains, with snow above 4,500 feet.  Mt. Lassen has 20 feet of snow.  It will be dry and warm (70F) all this coming week.   

Winter - Quotations, Observations, Poems, Lore

March - Quotations, Observations, Poems, Lore

“There is a privacy about winter which no other season gives you …..
In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each
other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet
stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”
- Ruth Stout

At the end of the culdesac lane that I walk on, I come to Highway 99 West (shown above). This portion of Hwy 99 was constructed in 1926, mostly right along the side of the Union Pacific railroad tracks that go back to 1870. Highway 99 is a major highway in the far western U.S., from San Diego to Seattle.  Interstate 5 replaced Highway 99 in the 1960's.  


The nearby Shasta Yolla Bolly mountains, and the Trinity Alps behind them, to the north west of our home in Red Bluff, sometimes get snow down to 4,000 feet (shown above). We rarely get any snow in the valley where we live. 


The many nearby almond orchards are in full bloom in February.

The prune plum orchards, shown above, and the walnut orchards have yet to bud.

"Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare;
eyes gazing over a landscape bare.
Memories drift on a blustery breeze;
dying light ushers in the freeze.
Reaching out for a grasp on the present;
stillness sets in, alone, and desolate.
Future unknown, outcome uncertain;
brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain.
Path now set, laid before me known;
closing light now emanating from home.
Enter my homestead, heart filled with glee;
two eyes of the future peering upward at me.
Trusting in him to forge forward until fulfilled;
Basis of strength, values I have instilled.
A wary mind at last permitted to rest;
reflecting on the realization of how I am blessed.
-  Michael A. Barron, Winter's Epiphany    

"Winter is the time for comfort - it is the time for home."
-  Edith Sitwell

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