Spring means new life in the animal kingdom and this was my lucky day! The cattle industry has a lot of history in
Kamloops and spring time is when the
population increases. We visited where
there were five new calves and two more expected soon. I couldn’t have asked for a better photo than
this one that shows them all enjoying the sunshine of the warm day. Everybody say cheese!
|Beautiful new filly|
Spring also brought this baby into the animal kingdom. This little filly was born 9 days ago and didn’t make it easy to get a photo of her without her mom but I managed to get one that shows her pretty face and pose. Looks like she is getting ready to be a show horse already!
|Lacrosse and soccer games in Kamloops, BC|
Spring means all the kids are filling the sports fields for games and tournaments.
Kamloops is the Tournament Capital and there
are school yards and fields all over the city that are full of kids, young and
old playing their sports most evenings and weekends, preparing for future tournaments.
|Tulips and lilac blossoms in Kamloops, BC|
Spring brings all those pretty blossoms and flowers to brighten up our yards. Tulips follow the daffodils in my yard and you’ll see them in most neighborhoods as the colorful sign of spring flowers. The lilacs are almost ready to burst open.
|A path leads the way up the Kamloops hillside|
Spring means green. The hills around
Kamloops are green with the look of velvet
before turning their desert colors once the sun has a chance to heat the area
up in this semi-arid climate of summer.
|Yellow daisies of the Kamloops hills|
Spring brings the wild flowers to bloom and clusters of these yellow flowers are seen scattered over many of the hills of
|The male House Finch|
The hardest part is to remember that March 20 is the FIRST day of spring, technically, and we will not wake up to find sunny days, green grass and blossoms galore! Depending on what part of the country we live in, we will begin to see winter disappear and signs of spring begin to arrive, ever so slowly, at times! .
|Find the singing robin|
Today, I heard my first robin of the year, and although he was too high in the tree for me to get a good photo, his song was loud and clear. He waited very patiently, singing his little heart out, until I came back with the camera to get this photo. We’ve had other birds spend time in our neighborhood, but robins are rarely seen here anymore.
|Gophers possibly discuss the spring equinox|
March 20, 2013 was the Vernal or Spring Equinox, meaning it was the first day of spring The word ‘equinox’ is derived from a latin word meaning ‘equal nights’. It is at this time of year that the sun sits directly above the equator therefore creating equal day and nighttime hours.
There is an old lyric, from an anonymous author, known for many generations that I always think of at this time of year. “Spring has sprung, the grass has ris, I wonder where the birdies is”. “Anonymous” used poor English skills but in spite of that, the message is clear. I think spring has finally sprung!