Thursday, February 16, 2012

First Signs of Spring

After the storm, comes the first signs of spring. On mornings like this I feel so rich. I walked and I could smell the warming earth, the hint of blossoms on the wind, and my soil in my pasture of mostly diamonds. As the sun peaked over the top of Bear Mountain, and it's first ray's hit the ground, that was when all of the diamonds glittered in the early morning air.
I know this isn't a very good picture, I only had a second to snap it as this little flock of Canadian Geese flew over. I heard them before I saw them. I could hear the distant cries and then the sound of their wings. They were flying south. I have never saw them flying in that direction before.
Today this green plum will open it's blooms. I was thinking this morning. We had wind this week, and we have had rain and this morning frost. The wind causes the limbs on the tree to blow and move,the ground has been warming up long before I knew it, so the sap has began to thin. We had the rain that brings nourishment to the soil and then the frost, that helps the bud break the hard shell to bloom.
I can't help to see how trials in our life do the same, it is only when my hard shell is broken that I can bloom and be all that I was created to be.
This is the blooms on an Acacia tree. It is the first thing to bloom here at My Field of Dreams. In the Bible when God gave Moses the plans for the Tabernacle, lots of the wood they used was from the Acacia tree. It is very hard wood. The bark is twisty and very hard. When it dries it is very hard to cut. When we moved here I wanted all of the trees to be from the Bible. 

Moses brother Aaron had a staff that budded, and is in the Ark of the Covenant somewhere with the tablets of the Ten Commandments and the jar of Manna, I thought today as I looked at this almond tree, that staff that Aaron used was made of almond wood just like this and this is how it must of looked when it had buds.

 This is a Red Tailed Flicker. This is the first year it returned without it's mate. It shows up about late October and will stay until about May. In the fall I always hear it before I see it. It's cry is like that of the Sharp-Shinned Hawk. I mistake that call all of the time.
This morning, in the cold, I could hear the Meadow Larks singing the sun to come up. They remind me of the places of long ago that live only in my mind. I am glad that spring is coming, I am glad that the seasons change and I am glad that the sun shines.
I am glad that joy comes in the morning.

Have a lovely Thursday, thanks for coming along on my walk this morning. Yes, these pictures are from today.I finally didn't have to go back into my other pictures to find flowers. :)


~*~The Family~*~ said...

Beautiful post :)

Julia said...

Oh Kim, I'm so envious that spring has broken at you place. I know that spring is not far away for us too but it's hard to imagine with the snow covering the ground.

This morning a tom cat was trying to mate one of the small barn cat. I chased him away but I know that he will return to to his deed. Also as I was drinking my noon tea, I saw a male pigeon trying to mate at the feeder. She was trying to run away but he was in hot pursuit. So now we can count the days.

I'm getting antsy for spring flowers to poke to the ground but it's still long away for us. Hard to believe that we are over half done with February. sigh... Hugs JB

Marti said...

Kim, I enjoyed walking with you this morning. You have beautiful place. Have a good day.

TexWisGirl said...

the blooms are so beautiful. :)

Tami AKA My Kid's Mom said...

Enjoyed your post today! I'm hoping for an early spring here.

Gloria said...

What a beautiful walk! Thanks for taking us along. It's amazing you captured the geese flying. I think the shot turned out really well. All the blooms are very pretty.

Loved how you related this to scripture. Very uplifting.

Happy week to you!


camp and cottage living said...

Wowsa, what a blessed walk. The smells, the beauty, and your peaceful reflections. A picture painted of contentment!

Miss Debbie said...

Nice pictures...nice thoughts! We had a yard full of robins last week...one of our first signs of spring. Two days later it was 29 degrees! I wondered what they thought of that. ha!ha!

Kessie said...

What a great shot of the geese! You must have been really fast on the draw with your camera to get that one.
I'm glad Spring's on the way. I'm tired of this no-show winter.

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Oh Kim, that was so lovely. How beautiful to be seeing glimpses of Spring... happy days :)

Empty Nester said...

I am glad you posted this! The pictures were nice but unnecessary since your words, once again, painted the picture beautifully!

Dog Trot Farm said...

How wonderful, Spring has returned to My Field Of Dreams. Winter still has a firm hold on us here in Maine, however, the Robins have returned and today I saw Bluebirds!

Kim said...

I'm happy you have buds now. I'm a little jealous (not really)

Pom Pom said...

Oh, the buds on the trees! WISH!
I'm going to start looking for birds (the kind that come in springtime!)
I'll just cozy up to your sun!

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Oh My Goodness! I cannot even imagine how wonderful it would be to be seeing signs of Spring already! It has been a mild winter up here- for Michigan- but we have a while to go before we see those beautiful buds! I cannot wait. I am a 100% Spring & Summer Girl!
My week unplugged was very hard. And, I cheated a little. I really didn't realize how much I depend on electronics for my entertainment. But, the library and I reconnected in a good, good way. :)
Please Do use the quote from my blog. It's a good one. :)
Thanks for visiting me, Joyce

Nancy said...

I had such a good time on my walk with you this morning...I saw trees and heard birds that I don't get to see and hear in NC and it was wonderful.....I think it's very special that you only wanted trees that are in the Bible on your farm; a constant reminder for you of God's presence with you.....

Great post Kim....you have really encouraged me today....

Patrice said...

I would have enjoyed the walk with you this morning. I could have used to get out of my own head. I can be too intense some days. Not often, but when it happens a walk would help. A walk here might mean I see all the things that need to be done.Have a good weekend, my friend!

myletterstoemily said...

beautiful, beautiful photos of God's sweet
gifts. i have a daffodil blooming in the
middle of february, a month early.

no spring chicken said...

I'm just loving you again this morning Kim! Couldn't I just swing by for a cup of coffee? We could drape a throw over our legs as we sit on your porch just listening, observing, smiling and occasionally commenting on everything our senses are drinking in. I love my blog friends.. but I want to sit with them, side by side.

Blessings, Debbie

Dawn said...

Oh My Goodness! You have BLOOMS already!??
So pretty. I love your posts! Thank you.

Janettessage.blogspot.com said...

Oh I loved this walk...may I come again?

How awesome to be able to plant those trees from the Bible and share that with your family, that is just great.

Spring is starting here also...we are getting that much needed rain.

Thanks for sharing, you just touched my morning and I have missed so much the couple of days I haven't been on the computer...what inspiration is given here.