Trail Ruminations II

Time for another installment of Trail Ruminations.

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and that got me thinking: why do we make the beginning of the year start in the dead of winter, when it’s cold and dark? I mean, shouldn’t the first of the year signal a happy change from that, a time of new possibilities and the end of the old and tired? And when you look at the earth itself, when does renewal come? Is it not in the spring, when life begins anew? The flowers are in bloom, the birds are singing, the days are warming, and spirits are lifting. Thus, I hereby declare that all new years henceforth shall begin in the spring! 😉

Of course, spring does not come on a set day each year, so we’ll have to have a little flexibility here.

Following are some early spring pictures of an early spring’s hike at Santa Margarita Lake.

Shooing Stars!

Shooting Stars!

Delphiniums (Larkspur)

Delphiniums (Larkspur)

Owl's Clover

Owl’s Clover

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Wooly Blue Curls

Lovely Poison Oak

Lovely Poison Oak

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

P.O. with a friend

P.O. with a friend

Lupines (Bluepines according to my kid)

Lupines (Bluepines according to my kid)

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Chia

Vistas!

Vistas!

Falcon Trail

Falcon Trail

Lovely

Lovely

Sage along the way

Sage along the way

Yellow!

Yellow!

A horned friend

A horned friend

Green!

Green!

Bear!

Bear!

Deer

Deer

A very tired boy

A very tired boy

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