Spring Inspiration

Spring is almost upon us. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox will officially occur Saturday, March 20, at 17:32 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This corresponds to 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time, and 10:30 am on the West Coast.

During the twice-yearly Equinox,  the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, and the Sun is vertically above a point on the Equator. (The name “equinox” comes from the Latin for the words “equal” and “night — on these days night and day are approximately the same length.)

In my neck of the woods, the sun has begun to shine warmly and flowers have shot up above ground. Here’s hoping for a pretty, play-filled spring where you are.

As always, at times of seasonal change, I turn to the haiku poets to help give gentle expression to the turning of the year.

Now wild geese return …
What draws them
Crying, crying
All the long dark night?

-Roka

From my tiny roof
Smooth … Soft …
Still-White Snow
Melts in Melody

-Issa

Good morning, sparrow …
Writing on my
clean veranda
with your dewy feet

-Shiki

Opening thin arms …
A pink peony
Big as this!
Said my bitty girl

-Issa

Photos by Susan Sachs Lipman

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4 Responses to Spring Inspiration

  1. lovely shots.
    Such positive feeling all round

  2. I LOVE that egret shot. It’s so CARTOON-ish. What personality!

  3. Namaste,
    Talked to a friend in Southern Brazil just now, she is a sustainable gardener, says that summer is ending there and the swallows are leaving, headed north.

    The beauty of interconnectedness, they are just now arriving at the Farm, Spring is beginning, and the feeders are out, I have promised to watch over them as much as possible, provide shelter, food and safe haven for our mutual friends.

    What joy this virtual world brings from time to time, Beauty in the form of true life, a binary expression of the will of the universe and the ability to experience it in real time.

    The wonders of spring are amazing. Happy NoRooz, joyful vernal equinox. we are truly all connected.

  4. Happy Spring, kseverny, Lippy, Michael and Christian! Lippy, the egrets are such a delight to watch. I feel they’re quite iconoclastic — they kind of wander at their own pace and delight, and then stop and do a kind of bird tai chi. I feel we can learn a lot from them!

    Thank you, Michael, for your deep and beautiful thoughts, as always — about the interconnectedness of so many beings and activities, about the turning of the year here and on the other side of the globe. I derive peace thinking about such things.

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