March was blustery, cloudy and cold. April has been dreary and miserably rainy.
We needed the rain, as the Midwest suffered a severe drought in 2012 and water levels in the Great Lakes are way down. But after a long, gray, cold Michigan winter, we are ready for some sunshine. And calm days during which the flag settles on the pole rather than flap furiously in the wind. Saturday was just what the doctor ordered, with a high temperature close to 70 degrees, sunshine all day long, and light winds.
Michigan in the springtime is a photographer's dream. Colorful, hardy flowers such as daffodils, tulips and crocuses start poking up out of the ground in March, when cold and snow can still occur for 3-4 more weeks. They survive late cold weather and decorate the landscape before the blossoms and leaves come out on the deciduous trees.
Then the various bushes and fruit trees explode in glorious colors. Forsythias start out with brilliant yellow buds, then transition over to green leaves. Then there are apple blossoms, crab apple blossoms, and other bright ornaments gracing plum, peach and cherry trees.
On Saturday I finally mowed the lawn for the first time (it's been too soggy and rainy for weeks). It's great to smell freshly cut grass and watch the canine roll around in the clippings until she looks like Shrek.
It's also wonderful to have earlier sunrises, daylight for hours after dinner time, and weather that doesn't require a thick jacket, gloves, and hat. I cherish this time of year, and look forward to getting more exercise, if not by jogging, then at least by taking much longer walks than I do in the wintertime.
Hail, hail to springtime in Michigan!