Friday, May 3, 2013

Looking for Signs of Spring~

When we woke up today it was +5'.
By the afternoon it was sunny, but didn't get out of the 20's
and didn't feel as much like spring as I was hoping for...

So, after work I thought I would see if there were any changes since winter.
Sometimes it is necessary to check to be sure if spring is really
happening!!

With camera in hand, I headed out to look for some signs. 


I have heard talk of successful spring whale and seal hunts in the area.  
The closest whales were near St. Lawrence Island and the villagers were happy to 
have the harvest.

The hunters must have to go out a long way across the ice to look for the local seals.  
I didn't see any open water for them put their boats in to.
The shore ice is looking pretty attached..still.
It looks like some of the hunters left their machines for another run.

Someone has already been have beach fires ..one sure sign of spring!

I did see two gulls on the beach sitting on the ice.
They have been gone all winter.
I wondered if the lack of  open water caused them to head to the dump
instead of hunting on the beach when they returned?
There were quite a few scavenging with the resident ravens.


Between the beach and home I could see the tundra showing through the snow.
We hope that the melting trend continues.
The river and pond by our house are still solid ice.
They are "musical" when the sun begins to warm them and they shift.


Inside our house I have a left-over plant from outside last summer.
It looks like it may be the only color for a while with these chilly temps.
I think it may be my new favorite flower!  
It has bloomed 
several times over the winter.
It looked so springy --even when it was -30' outside!
While it is inspirational, it can't be counted as a sign of spring.


But, that late-night, natural light coming through the kitchen window, 
that is so nice and bright for pictures,
is definitely a sign of spring!

The habit of staying up to take advantage of the sunshine is
another sign of spring.  
One that  I have a hard time resisting.....


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