Well this has been quite a week leading up to spring. Storms back to back all week and snow banks mounting up day by day. The first storm squall was 24 hrs and localized to the Antigonish Guysborough areas. The 3rd storm lasted for 2 days with strong winds, blowing snow and 70 cm of snow down. The plows were busy and warnings for everyone who could to stay home. Schools and businesses closed for the most part. Since it was March break a lot of people had their travel plans affected. We are all looking forward to Spring which starts today – even though there are still piles of snow and more on the way on the weekend.
Ahhh weather in Nova Scotia is always interesting 🙂
Ahhh spring. This year we had a March treat of 3 days in the mid 20s (centigrade). The snow disappeared and you can see through the ice on the lakes and patches of clear water on areas that had been iced over. Kids were out in their shorts and the teens were out sunning themselves and soaking up the rays. What a treat to have the summer-like weather even though we knew it wouldn’t last.
The robins have arrived and some hardy plants have started raising their heads – hope they don’t get fooled and frozen at the early stage.
Robin Sign of Spring
Of course 2 days later the temperature is -4 Degrees C. Quite a feat to know what to wear but layers are the answer.
Looking forward to enjoying the buds coming out on the trees, the crocuses and spring flowers arriving — and yes the odd snow flurries and blustery days thrown in there. This IS Nova Scotia after all where the weather is a great topic of conversation and can change from one minute to the next.
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It has been many years since I experienced spring in Nova Scotia. What an amazing season of the year. Buds and blossoms appear and unfold into masses of flowers and leaves — all in an amazingly short time. Even with cloudy days – it just seemed to take a few hours of sun to have things burst into color.
Each tree had its own shape of bud and unfurling leave patterns. A joy to watch and almost a magical process since each type of tree seems to be on the same schedule. Suddenly overnight an entire area burst into flower.
Leaf buds grew and the tiny leaves would appear and come out crisp and shiny in shades of green and reds. The tiny leaves grow amazingly fast and within days the trees are sporting a lush green canopy. What an amazing process to go from the sculptured bare branches to the many greens now carpeting the countryside.
The Horse Chestnut trees were particularly amazing. The buds had a very sculptured look and each day you could watch them grow till they finally burst into the unfurling leaves and the pod with the flower. The flowers grow to an amazing 10 or more inches long made from tiny white and pink flowers.
Along with the colors of course are the bird songs as the birds return from their wintering grounds and feast on the buds and bugs. The rushing streams and rivers add to the sounds of spring and invite walks and to explore and enjoy being out in nature.
And of course the apple blossoms with their delicate shades of pinks, reds and whites.