I love to take the trails on the way to work. As much as possible, I try I leave early enough to take one of the longer routes. Aside from having the trails mostly to myself, the flowers and birds and such are a great way to start my day.
On a somewhat related note, I’ve been thinking about when spring starts. Last week, Kandise mentioned that the trees in New Brunswick were just starting to bud, but I’ve always been under the impression that spring had a late start in Edmonton compared to what I was used to back home (Nova Scotia). In the Maritimes (Maritime provinces = NS, NB, and PEI), there are (were?) lots of crocuses and such popping up early in the spring and there was always a lot of spring rain. Here in Edmonton, we get at least one last chill and snow in early May, then weeks of almost nothing before the all the trees go wild with leaves and blooms. Then thunderstorms start to roll in and the flowers will slowly start growing and blooming.
I think that I’ve been unable to take off my Maritime hat, which meant that I always felt that spring didn’t happen until there was rain, the smell of moist earth and lots of flowers. But, maybe Edmonton just has a tree-centric start. We’re probably more or less on the same schedule as the Maritimes.
Here are a few of the beauties I’ve encountered these past 2 weeks. While I did run into a few flowers, most of the blossoms are on trees and bushes. They are, according to my pictures from the past few years, about 2-3 weeks earlier than usual. Of course, we’re also bone dry here (the province has issued a rare province-wide fire ban because everything to dry and all our fire fighters are needed in the Fort McMurray), which may be slowing down the growth of some plants).