I’m afraid I took quite a false start with my previous post. Waiting for proper spring to arrive will be long enough even without any extra uplifting. The little snow we had is now gone and our spring is some 4 to 6 weeks ahead but it is not offering us much yet.
While we had some errands to run in a nearby town, I wanted to check how their lake was doing. We found it ice covered except for the immediate waterline plus some straits and other spots with strong currents.
A few wild ducks had already found the unfrozen strip by the shore. They didn’t respect the intruder but fled on the ice and started to pace away from me.
The sun was actually shining for a few moments. By the time we were at another corner of the patchwork of a lake there was no longer any sign of it. Nature was back to the toneless and barren palette of weariness.
There is nothing green in sight unless it is man-made, evergreen or from last year. However mild and short a winter behind, it cannot stop your impatience from growing this time of the year.