Over in England, the Tramp in the Woods a.k.a. Colin is sharing pictures of wildflowers and the cutest little dog ever. I have to emphasize ‘little’ or Maddie might have a problem with me. Here in Connecticut, it – is – still – winter. Chronologically and according to the thermometer, it’s winter. By the looks of the ground and the trees and the roads, it’s winter. My favorite place around Hartford to observe the seasons pass, is Great River Park on the east shore of the Connecticut River. From there, it still appears to be winter.
However, we left the shortest day of the year behind us two months ago. We are adding minutes and minutes of daylight each and every day. Even after the boneheads in Washington throw the clock into reverse on Sunday, we will still be adding daylight. Spring is coming. The snow is going to melt. The river is going to thaw and rise and flow and, if it warms up too fast, flood. Before any of that happens, I get to enjoy a few days where I can visit the river at sunrise. Come Monday (1), I’ll be back in darkness during my commute in order that… hmmm, why is it that we still mess with the natural order of the day?
I could easily let this turn into a rant about Daylight Saving Time. There is sufficient controversy around the practice, but as an early riser, I will simply state the DST is stupid. End of rant. Now, before I lose the light, let’s take a look at the river. I’ll make it easy, the pictures all have descriptions, if you’re interested, you can click on any one of them and start a slide show. If you prefer to just look, be my guest.
Some of the pictures are from earlier in the winter, before the snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. February 2015 was officially the coldest month since they started keeping records in 1904. Oh, and there’s one bonus photo, of a different river – I couldn’t resist.
(1) As soon as I typed “Come Monday” I was reminded of the Jimmy Buffett song by that name. Give a listen.