It’s nice to see the changing of the seasons as they happen gradually over the weeks. Anticipation, excitement, and a natural “release” from one season to the next are palpable when you spend time outdoors. The first run of maple sap is exciting. The first taste of syrup made from that sap is very rewarding. The call of the Tundra Swans as they fly over when you’re boiling that sap stirs something primordial in me.
Another exciting event in the spring is the break-up of ice in a river. It’s a very symbolic release of winter. Here is the Grand River at the south end of Brantford giving up its ice and washing the winter downstream. (March 30, 2014)