We glimpsed springtime for a couple of days. It has been sweltering - ha ha - actually, it got up to about 29°F. But, after a very cold February, I felt too warm when I was outside riding my bike. I am surprised by the return of the hot sun every March. It's a transition that I enjoy.
On those warm days, the mountain bluebirds made their first foray up to our mountain region. I was riding in an open and grassy area when I spotted a strikingly blue bird flitting ahead of me. I kicked myself when I wasn't fast enough to get a photo. But, a little later, I rode into the midst of a flock of them! One posed for me with a little snow in the background. Happy Day!!!!
It is hardly the end of winter. It will snow tomorrow, and the bluebirds will retreat to lower elevation. I have enjoyed the cold winter weather more than ever before so I am not unhappy about the return of winter. We need snow to nourish the flowers, grass, and wildlife so I am thankful for it.
Here was a recent wintery sunrise over Lab Valley. What a sight!
Whether it is spring or winter weather, I am always grateful for nature. It's balm for my soul.