The Tragic Optimist

early spring in Minnesota

Early spring in Minnesota is not the prettiest time of year.  Even though it’s warm (nearly 60 degrees out today when I took these pictures on my walk), it’s still grey and frozen, there’s no green yet, the trees are still bare.  There’s still old, dirty piles of snow in areas that don’t get direct sunlight.  Even after having a rainstorm last night.  I still expect at least one more snow before we hit summer, but the bitter cold has lifted, we’re seeing neighbors again for the first time in months, going out for a walk isn’t an ordeal – or perilous to your health, and I’m beginning to believe that winter is on its way out.

the lake is still frozen, though the ice is now too thin to walk on

the lake is still frozen, though the ice is now too thin to walk on

but it's warm, so everyone and their dog is out walking around the lake

but it's warm, so everyone and their dog is out walking around the lake

and staring up in that tree

and staring up in that tree

because there's a possum up there

because there's a possum up there

hi little guy!

hi little guy!

ducks out on the creek

the ducks are out in force on the creek

Happy spring (yes, I’m a day late for the equinox)!

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6 Comments

  1. marinastetner

    Oh, such a beautiful picture! unfortunatelly or not, we don’t usually see this here in brazil=/ lol
    I like the color, the trees, the frozen lake(L) Now the summer is coming for you, and the winter is coming for me, but not that cold!
    congratz for the blog.

  2. Things are starting to get green here. When my daffodils bloomed a few weeks ago EVERYTHING else was dead. So even though the blooms were pretty, they just made everything else look worse.

    Spring is trying to get here . . .

  3. Great job getting a close-up of the possum! He’s very cute! It’s great to see those in Minnesota are now able to go on walks. We are in the 60s here too. Happy Spring to you and your family.

  4. Did you know that Japan actually celebrates it with a national holiday? The equinox that is – not the possums in trees. Although for all I know, they celebrate that too 🙂 Anyway, I’m not sure what the holiday is supposed to entail besides time off from work…

  5. The changing of the seasons is one of the best things about Minnesota. This time of year makes the winters tolerable. I love spring!

  6. kp

    Oooooh possum!!! So cute! Ahem, pardon the excessive effusiveness. It’s spring so my mind is still thawing, but, oh, gotta love little possums up in trees.

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