When March is scarcely here

These trees flower gloriously, although briefly, every year - here it was March 2012

These trees flower gloriously, although briefly, every year – here it was March 2012

“A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here.”
Emily Dickinson

Along with a recent post about walking, I included a photograph of some trees in my neighborhood.  The photo above pictures those same trees during the all-too-brief period of their flowering, usually in early to mid March.  Perhaps it’s our eagerness for spring that bathes March with such beautiful light, or maybe the lengthening days allow us more chance to revel in its nascent beauty. In any case, I hope this month will bring you many opportunities to enjoy a beautiful March.  If you post (or find) any other lovely celebrations of springtime, feel free to share links to them in the comments.

This post was originally published seven years ago today. The original post and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    Maybe it’s the angle of the sunlight, but does it seem to you that spring is in pastels, while summer colors blaze more brightly?

    • Susan, I never thought about it, but I think you might be right. However, spring is also the time of many of the bulb blooms (tulip, daffodils, hyacinths, etc.) which are often very brightly-colored. So I tend to think of spring as a time of Easter-egg colors in bright shades. Maybe it’s the contrast with the often-drab neutral shades of winter that makes spring seem so colorful to me.

      • True, Julia! It doesn’t take much to make an impression after, for example, February in Massachusetts! A single daffodil can send me digging for a camera!

        • Daffodils are so pretty, that I could take many photos of just ONE, from different angles. 🙂 I think it was Ben Franklin who said “hunger makes the best pickle” and cold weather makes for prettier flowers!

          • LOL
            That Franklin! He was a pretty smart one!
            One probably couldn’t get much past him, but then, he wouldn’t have been distracted by his cell phone.

            • Something tells me that Franklin would be making wise use of technology, as he did during his own era. Which is not to say that “wise” equals “frequent” — it might even mean the opposite. But I’ll bet digital media would be Franklin’s servant and not his master.

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