But first, spring

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.” – Matthew Arnold

Tiny, barely there snowflakes lazily fell from the blurry grey sky this week with the promise of more to come. And as predicted, the first snowfall of a waning season arrived in the predawn to paint our world in “picture postcard” stokes evoking distant holiday memories.

Snowfalls are a rare event here on the West Coast and I eagerly looked forward to moving through the forest and our neighbourhood breathing in the cold air wafting down from the north while fluffy snowflakes touched mask-less faces keeping six feet apart.

A long winter’s walk through fragrant cedar and lacy bare trees beckoned – the snow covered trails offering a hushed respite from the everyday. We walked the upper trails, an area I haven’t traversed in a long while and the snowy vistas that greeted us were magical. We were wondering if we might come upon an elusive coyote but it may have been too cold for wandering. There are about twelve coyotes co-existing in the park although two aggressive coyotes were recently euthanized for nipping at joggers on trails bereft of human activity pre-pandemic. Thankfully, the rest have been left in peace and not seeing a coyote was good news after almost a month of trail closures to modify their behaviour (sadly, some park users may have contributed to this behavior change by befriending or feeding them).

Our snow day only lasted forty-eight hours resulting in walks near the edge of the park to look for remnants of snow at the base of trees and spread upon gardens. Mountain air and glorious sunshine merged to leave one feeling exhilarated – hearing the haunting sound of a French horn being played above the seawall by a young woman sitting on a bench and a few steps later, hearing the shivering notes of a lone bag piper added yet another sensory layer to a winter day hinting at better days to come…

Meteorological spring arrived March 1st with softer air, brighter blooms and longer days with exquisite smudged sunsets lighting up the buildings near us on fire. On a recent warm day knowing that many more will come, we made our way to our go-to park concession, Lumbermen’s Arch, for perfectly cooked fish and tasty chips, sitting outside with the welcome sun caressing our faces.

True spring has now arrived (the weeks seem to fly by!), the signs are everywhere – 19 Great Blue herons perching like gargoyles on nearby rooftops have begun to face the heronry, some of the previously empty nests hosting one or two pairs already. Leafing and blooming abound – dreams of shedding layers, toting a book and a thermos of freshly brewed tea to a park bench and strolling through sweet smelling forest fill our thoughts. Hardier souls are already pointing the way, a recent sunny lagoon walk revealed a solitary biker sitting against an observation deck, his faraway gaze on the waterfowl and woodland beyond, making me dream of summer but first, spring!

Our spring walks through Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.) yield magnificent rainforest sculptures, this haunting sight evokes images from Lord of the Rings, its origins created by a human caused fire years ago.
Terry captured this gorgeous shot just down our street at the edge of the park where for many years he played his acoustic guitar to the delight of many!
We’ve noticed this year that the forest is carpeted in soft green moss, it’s found on the ground, fallen logs and draped throughout tree limbs – it makes for a magical walk filling our eyes with spring!

About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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27 Responses to But first, spring

  1. Gorgeous! Spring growth warms my heart. 🌺

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Sounds (and looks) lovely out in your area. Mossy forests are so enchanting!

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  3. michnavs says:

    this warms my heart Kim… so beautiful…

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  4. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful photos and your description brought me along the path with you! It was crisp today – and sunny but was more like an autumn day instead of spring….

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  5. markmkane says:

    I so missed your words Kimberlee! The pictures are delightful and your words describe the nature around you so well that I immediately see it in my mind’s eye. Even though where I live we don’t really see the transition of seasons, I can just imagine the feeling you get when walking through it. Your senses must constantly be bombarded with the majestic beauty of nature.

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    • I so wanted to post a winter to spring theme before summer, lol!
      We are indeed bombarded with nature, Mark! One day it might be a young eagle taking to the sky or purple lilacs like this morning gently swaying in the breeze or the little apple tree on the corner blossoming in pale white…there is always something to see or experience and I’m blessed to be able to share it with such lovely readers…

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  6. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    A beautiful sense of Spring Kim and it’s lovely to see the moss πŸ’š I’m sad to read two coyote were euthanized instead of relocated. They don’t recognise the boundaries set by humans in areas where they once roamed free and I’m sure a better way can be found to co-exist with nature.

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    • We’re so glad that educating the public seems to be the way forward rather than destroying such wild beauty. I’ll never forget encountering a coyote on a garden path in the park many years ago…we each gave each other enough space to pass and there was a sense of the “other” when our eyes met…a recent sighting on one of our favourite trails yielded the same behaviour, there was a respectfulness present that I treasure.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Xenia, it warms my heart! X

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  7. ugetse says:

    Another inspiring note that make me want to go immediately back to walk on the sea wall and our park’s trails. Your words translated such vivid images. Love the photos too. Thanks again Kim.

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos. I like the colors you see when you go out walking. There’s something soothing about them to me. Our spring isn’t quite that bright.

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    • Your words are so appreciated and I thought of them on our morning walk through the park this morning! Purple lilacs and yellow tinted tulip trees are blooming, we seem to be awash in fragrance and colour this year…

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  9. Beautiful photos from your walk, Kim. I love the idea of the herons perching like gargoyles and the music of a French horn and bagpipes along the trail. I’m glad spring is here with its sunshine and green. I needed it this year more than I knew. Best to enjoy it as the days fly by. Be well, my friend. Always lovely to read your posts. ❀

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  10. calmkate says:

    they do indeed look like shots from Lord of the Rings but oz and NZ don’t get much snowfall … only on a few mountains for the skiers πŸ™‚

    I hear your joy at the approaching change of seasons while our days grow shorter and colder …

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    • Hi, Kate!
      It’s lovely to see your words here…we can hardly wait for summer but spring this year seems to be more lush and much greener, inviting us to savour these brighter days…I hope you’re able to savour the autumn warmth before the cold…I’ll be thinking of you!

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  11. It’s sad that our increased presence in nature is affecting the coyotes in a negative way, as is too often the case. This was another beautiful walk with you in your spring nature, experiencing the smells, the sights and even the music!

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoying a wander…a bear was just relocated, he was about a 20 minute walk away ambling down some city railway tracks…nature and man converging here in our small part of the world!

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