Welcoming Spring To Our Valley

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We in the Hudson Valley are permitted a very precise honor. We are permitted to experience each season in its entirety, from solstice to equinox and equinox to solstice, there and back again- a full run. Here, the seasons seem to appreciate their calendar designation and behave accordingly, completely in line with the slight orbital shifts that make our seasons what they are. Really, its quite miraculous. Think of all the energy that goes into this, what else goes through so many changes in one year? There is a beautiful sense of completion in this- a clean slate every year. All we humans can do is try and keep up with it.

While the light had been lengthening for quite some time, It was not until about a week before the 1st Day of Spring (March 21st) that the weather broke enough for residents to loosen their overcoats and register even a faint consideration of Spring’s arrival. “I think it must be up near 40 degrees!” I heard one Kingstoner exclaim with joy in her heart.

In his poem, Form Is Ecstatic, the 13th century Persian Poet Rumi chides us,

“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.”

I don’t know how the winters are in Persia but I imagine those of us in the Northeast can find a particularly special solace in these words. And its more than just being patient, it’s seeing the life present in all stages.

By April 12th about 1% of all accumulated snow in the region remained and presently we’re experiencing our first real healthy dose of spring rainfall, not to mention the effects of mother nature’s dust broom, the spring winds.

By the time this is published I imagine the new leaves will be unfurling on their branches into their uniform spring green and the dusting of pollen will cast a perceivable matte finish into the air as it is perfumed with the fragrance of opening blossoms. Lets continue to experience the unique joys of each season, and the in-between seasons because we will get our 90 days of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall in all of their various and marvelous manifestations.

Ana Gioia is a contributing author for the Kingston Land Trust. She lives in Kingston with her husband and two year old daughter. A New York native who has recently returned to her home state, Ana is excited to be putting energy towards the preservation of beautiful and historic spaces closer to home.

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