Thursday, March 15, 2012

Springing into a New Season

Warmer weather following a mild winter brought spring flowers out much earlier this year. Around every corner in my neighborhood, daffodils, magnolias and now even tulips, are blossoming and bringing color to local gardens.

Even the National Parks Service announced this week that the Cherry Blossoms would be blooming much earlier than originally projected; peak bloom on the Tidal Basin is now projected for March 20-23.

While I'm excitedly planning my spring photo outings over the next week, I am saddened by the early arrival of spring. An early spring means that the plants won't fully develop before blooming. As a result, their stems will be shorter and blooms won't last as long.

Is climate change the cause of this fast-tracked spring? Perhaps. Only time will tell. However, an earlier, shorter spring season does encourages us to stop right now and smell the flowers, because who knows how long we will have to enjoy them this year.

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