On roaring rain-drenched winds sweeping worn out Winter away, scouring shingle shores & mulching underbrush readying for Spring fever.
Now Bald Eagles fly in & settle on budding Alders around headlands along the only road to the end of the earth. Here they await the feast of Anadramous Salmon & gain strength to cross the Salish Sea for northern Summer haunts. Below them creep Humanae abacii, census takers bedecked with binoculars & clipboards - this being a teachable moment for hunters & counters & their juvenals.
Spring means the greening of Poaceae & Gramineae - grasses, rushes & sedges way too numerous to list plus glamorous hosts of Coltsfoot, Bleeding Heart, Daisy, Foxglove, Fringecup, Geranium, Lily, Mustard, Prunella, Trillium, Violet, et al. Vivid shag carpets of Oxalis & False Lily of the Valley (nothing false about it!) cover forest floor, & bogs are xanthic bright with Skunk Cabbage hoods... all sending out siren scents for coming Hummingbirds.
Now, while semper virens Salal & Rhododendron uncurl fresh leaves & plump out blossom buds, a gazillion trees, deciduous & conifer alike, pump sap upward for new leaves & needles: Bitter Cherry & Pine, Cascara & Cedar, Dogwood & Hemlock, Maple & Spruce, Cottonwood & Holly, Oregon Ash & Fir, Vine Maple & Willow, as too underbrush shrubs: Currant, Elder, Hardhack, Huckle, Ninebark, Oceanspray, Salmon, Solomon's Seal, Sweet Gale, Thimble, Twin & thorny Devil's Club - Oplopanax horridus.
Spring means Ferns: evergreen Sword knuckles nestled in hearts; Bracken's ogre-size fists; ebony stalk Deer fiddle heads; Maiden Hair's round leafy rosettes & Lady ones rising a yard before unfurling. In warm niches cluster Fragile & Parsley, Leathery & Licorice, Goldenback & Oak. Horsetails nudge up in primeval symmetry & color, conjuring images of dinosaurs.
Now is when Lichen & Moss, having grown & glowed all wet Winter long, prepare for sleep 'neath returning heat: Apple, Badge, Bark Barnacle, Bottle, Bull's Eye, Cat-Tail, Coiled, Crane's Bill, Curly, Devil's Matchsticks, Dragon Scales, Fan, Freckle Pelt, Goose-Necked, Hair Caps, Hanging, Lettuce Lung, Magnificent, Peat, Pencil Script, Peppered Moon, Pincushion Orange, Plume, Punctured Rocktripe, Reindeer, Red Roof, Rock Frog, Silky Tufted, Step, Sulphur Stubble, Swamp, Tattered Rag Bag, Tickertape Bone, Waterworm, to name a few, plus drooping Methuselah's Beard & Witch's Hair.
Now pale Hemlock Moths flap about, the first insects to fill the air with buzzing traffic, & who knows who's stirring underfoot: Mole, Vole, Mouse & myriad Worm & Mushroom!
Spring is when risible pix of painted bare bottomed infants land in my inbox, & Cockerels crow as our Egg Lady's Hens free range while her wily Ducks devour my arch-enemy: Slugs! In the coop will be brown & ecru, green & blue promises of golden yolks & flavors far surpassing any store-bought ovals hiccuped from incarcerated millions.
Now Townsend Chipmunks chase each other from hibernation, & year-round Douglas Squirrels go a-courting along with Steller Blue Jays & other twitterers of every size & hue who swoop in duets until males collide & feathers fly. By the river, we'll surprise Blue Heron or scatter mobbing Crows. Soon Ring Neck Pigeons will flock in from South America.
Spring is when the call of Wood Grouse thrums through the land heralding Persephone's return with her sunshine & flowers, perfumes & rainbows.