When I was a teacher of English Language Learners, every spring I would take my students on a walk to look for signs of spring. It was the best way to teach them to look closely, examine and record what they had seen. It was also a great way to teach them new vocabulary. I miss those outings, so in honor of St. Patrick’s Day I took a walk in the park to search for signs of spring.
These wine-red buds announce the pending arrival of Spring.
More buds. In fact, everything in the park was in bud.
There were even budding pussy willows on the bank of the pond.
Still in search of green I came across these shoots bursting out of the snow…
A little farther on the path around the pond, I found some unexpected green.
After a quick chat with the man in the green hat, I moved on.
I cam across this tiny little sign of spring parked on the path. Its owner was birdwatching with her dad.
There were definite signs of spring in the pond. The geese and the ducks were very animated today. The winter ducks haven’t yet left the pond which made me happy since I enjoy them so much in the dead of winter. The swans have abandoned the nest they began to make when it was unseasonably warm a few weeks ago. I’m sure they’ll soon be building another. I spotted one turtle in the pond, but he was crawling on the muddy bottom, not available for a photo shoot.
I found very little green on my search, but spring is popping out all over despite the recent snowstorm. I drove home, satisfied with what I had seen, but still missing the kids.