Spring is finally near

Finally!! After a historic winter with 8+ inches of snowfall overnight and flooding, spring is finally showing it is ready for some attention. I found multiple signs of spring in my own yard today after I retrieved my mail from across the treacherous highway.

Although 11 total inches of snow in two weeks is quite a bit for my location, some areas in Kentucky received 20+ inches in one snowfall during the second snow event. Motorists were stranded for over 13hrs on interstate. There were days during these two weeks where forecast overnight lows reached as low as -14 or more. It was an epic disaster for our state which so rarely receives such substantial snow and almost never such low temperatures.

I thought the snow was gorgeous, but it really freaked a lot of people out so many are very vocally happy to see it gone. This week is finally warm, with the highs being in the 50's-60's all week. The only disappointment is each day is forecast to be rainy. We've so much water and mud here that I am thinking I might need to invest in a boat. Ok, not really, but I do worry that we'll have all this precipitation now and one major drought and heat wave this summer. Hopefully not. A few years ago, we had a dry and hot summer where the temperature reached 116. No thank you.

Green River Ferry

Green River Ferry

The good thing about all this moisture, is that now is the perfect time for waterfall hikes. All will be flowing freely and you may even discover a few that were never there before. Rivers and streams will be flooded and flowing swiftly so be cautious not to risk your safety. A couple lost their lives a week or so ago due to mechanical failure as they proceeded onto Green River Ferry. They were unable to stop and their vehicle ended up in the river. The water was 11 inches deep, icy cold and moving swiftly. I was greatly saddened by their accidental demise. I also worry that this historic ferry risks closure. I hope instead that this dreadful occurrence does encourage some sort of fail-safe to prevent another accident beyond the simple chain and stop sign that exists (see photo). Thankfully, this accident was not a common event.

Anyway, I'm so thrilled to see spring and feel the warmth returning. Spring is my favorite time of year and I always adore watching life return to the world. Here are the photos from my yard:

March Lily

March Lily

Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow

Iris

Iris

This poor Hyacinth had bloomed, but I had no idea or I'd have covered it from the freezing cold.

This poor Hyacinth had bloomed, but I had no idea or I'd have covered it from the freezing cold.

Love these little spreading succulents. Forgot what they're called...

Love these little spreading succulents. Forgot what they're called...

Day Lily

Day Lily

Unknown species of fungi.

Unknown species of fungi.

Both cloned lilac bushes have buds, but one had these bizarre eggs.

Both cloned lilac bushes have buds, but one had these bizarre eggs.

What signs of spring do you see where you are? Leave me a comment! :)

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