The insects called it… too early

Wishcamper Center building, USM. (Mar 17 5:00 p.m.)

Just three days before spring officially kicked off in the U.S., the flies were out.  On day two of spring…

(Mar 21 10:09 a.m.)

It snowed.  And again, on Thursday.

(Mar 22 6:23 p.m.)

Only so much snow can melt in one day.  In fact, some white was still on the pines Friday after a ‘dusting,’ with varying precipitation thereafter.

Now, instead of boring you, dear reader, with more pictures of snow, I’ll go back to that day where the flies were out too early.  (Who knows how many died.)  …I may have sprained my right foot skipping to/fro the car…

USM Portland garage and parking lot. (Mar 17 5:02 p.m.)

This scene, of course, was brighter than what the photos may imply… but I can only adjust the gamma so much without revealing just how washed-out the colors can be (gray pine needles) due to the smartphone camera.

A quarter-hour after leaving USM Portland, my mother and I went to Deering Oaks park, where you could say it looked like spring already— no ice on the pond, the squirrels and ducks out in somewhat larger numbers…

Ducks Swimmin’ Away from me(!) (Mar 17 5:26 p.m.)

Compare that to March 3rd; the very same pond was partially frozen…

Another two ducks swimming away… (Click on an image to see the full resolution.) (Mar 3 5:11 p.m.)

(Mar 3 5:11 p.m.)

On the 17th, the scenes were less blue…

(Mar 17 5:29 p.m.)

…and some of the spring colors stood out…

(Mar 17 5:27 p.m.)

Bands would appear on this stage sometimes.  Not so much, these years.  There used to be festivals at this park.  They may still do that— the festivals— during the summer.  But I wouldn’t know, not being one to attend the park with any regular frequency per year.

One of the first things you may notice if you ever come to Deering Oaks is the age and size of the trees…

Couldn’t get one tree in particular all in-frame. (Mar 17 5:24 p.m.)
Another tree, another day. (Mar 3 5:06 p.m.)

Prior to official “spring,” the blue skies and sun stood out; there were more night hours, after all… But one day in particular caught my eye: a pink sunset sky.

Pink skies at Hannaford in Scarborough
Hannaford in Scarborough (Feb 28 5:26 p.m.)

I remember the sky being pinker than this— what the photo conveys… Oh, well.

Hope your Good Friday was actually, you know, good. 🙂 Try not to spoil yourselves silly with candy on Easter Sunday. …Or Easter Monday, if you live in Canada or the U.K. …I know my body can’t handle the sugar anymore… Okay, so I ate the peanut butter-chocolate bunny already.  Did not enjoy that…

Well, gonna get back to reading, now… “ And I’m off!”…

Distracted Flying Superhero
Image print source: The New Yorker, March 21, 2016 issue

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