Spring has been sneaking up on us for a few weeks now. It was hard to notice because rain and drear hid the signs from us. While we were focused on slop and mud (on our walks with the dog), little flowers and new green growth recently started to become visible.
Above, the red maple trees off our front deck, which provide us with a privacy screen during spring, summer, and autumn, seem suddenly to have burst into bloom.
Meanwhile, the birch trees on the north side of the house are in flower too. Their flowers are catkins, so-called because they look a little like cats' tails. Yellow pollen covers anything we leave outdoors, including and especially the car. Luckily for me, this is not the kind of pollen that provokes my body's allergic reactions.