I have an intense urge to be outside for fear of missing something new in the ever-changing landscape. I soak up the sun’s warmth and the beauty as I thank God for these marvelous creations. The grass turns a brilliant shade of green and so do the emerging leaves of trees and shrubs. Everything springs to life in an orderly fashion.
Spring is also used more generally as a metaphor for the start of better times.
Everything comes alive to welcome all the unfamiliar birds that you don’t get to enjoy in the winter. A flash of blue or red across a backyard is thrilling sight any time of the year. After all the browns and greys of the common robins and sparrows, it’s exciting to see a stunning blue jay or cardinal.
The blue jay is familiar to many people with its perky crest, blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls “jay, jay, jay”. They are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Don’t go near their nest or they will swoop down and attack to protect their young! Did you know that their fondness for acorns is credited with helping the spread of oak trees after the last glacial period?
While the cardinal is perhaps for the perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style; a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown female sports a sharp crest and warm red accents. Did you know they don’t migrate or molt into a dull plumage, so they stay breathtaking even in winter? If you are lucky to catch a glimpse of them, they are a sight to behold. They greet you in the morning with the sweet whispers “what cheer, cheer, cheer”.
With God’s creation, what’s not to enjoy with the ever-changing landscape.