Aside from shivering migratory birds and a few sprouting daffodil
clusters, spring is slow to show its face this year. My toes are
begging for air, although I can’t even remember what it was like to wear
sandals after this long, long winter.
Yet — I apologize if this
statement brings on a blizzard —- spring actually seems to be here. The
calendar said so, almost two weeks ago, but up until Saturday the
weather was having none of it. The predicted couple of snowy inches
didn’t stick to the ground, but it sent the chickens back in the coop by
Just before Saturday’s snow flew I made a run to Findlay. I
drove past a flock of wild turkeys hunkered down in corn stubble
northwest of Bridenbaugh’s school house at the corner of County Roads 6
and M6. They were still there on my return pass, so I slowed to take a
better look. The birds weren’t turkeys, but rather somewhere between
25 to 30 great blue herons.
Whoever invented the folding rain
umbrella must have been inspired by a heron. They contort themselves
into something the size of a small species of penguin. The Saturday
crowd must have been holding out for Sunday’s sunshine before they
stretched their long legs and wings to nest in the nearby treetops. I
made a phone call and the resident photographer captured an image of
their frigid feathered selves for today’s edition.
is progressing on schedule. Prom dresses are on the rack as are seed
packets and garden hoses. Last Friday, Ottawa-Glandorf staged “Jekyll
and Hyde.” Riley Alexander nailed his dual lead role, by the way.
Elsewhere, there are at least two stagings of “Annie”, Ottoville is
performing “Night at the Wax Museum” and Kalida is rolling out the
yellow brick road.
The Putnam County Master Gardeners are holding
their biannual garden fair this coming weekend, this time at the Putnam
County Educational Service Center. Here’s hoping the warming trend holds
so green thumbs can dig below the frostline. And a week from now, one
week after witnessing herons covered in snow, I’ll be shifting wet
leaves at a vernal pool workshop, hoping to find salamanders in the cool
wet. If the amphibians are on the move, then you can bet Winter 2014 is
truly a frozen memory.