The crystal drips of shimmering water as snow castles and ice melt.
The scampering of small wildlife as they smell the air and feel the sun’s warmth.
Birth and buds. . . the renewal of EVERYTHING — flora and fauna and people.
Trillium and jack-in-the-pulpit springing out of the soft earth to quickly gain the sun that the forest will soon hide.
The smells of a thousand flowers and grasses and trees as they explode in rebirth.
Leaves and trees that have fallen and become part of the earth, renewing the floor of the forest in a mulch of strength and food that no fertilizer will ever match.
Deer munching the new, rich grasses on hillsides.
Black bears stumbling and yawning as they emerge from their winter’s sleep, two or three tiny black balls of fur following and bawling, announcing the renewal of their kind.
The first red-winged blackbirds.
Untold numbers of nests in all shapes and forms. . .everywhere. . .as the birds return and set up housekeeping.
The walleye spawning. . . the bass spawning. . . the northern and musky spawning. . . the panfish spawning — as the waters warm and the reeds and weedbeds absorb the sun.
Frogs bellowing and croaking. . . loons calling. . . eagles and ospreys soaring.
The bogs and wetlands filling with lichen and fern, binding together in a patchwork of life for the dragonflies and mosquitoes, and a thousand insects unnamed.
Water pouring from waterfalls and filling springs and glacial lakes and aquifers with a purity that quickens all life.
Rains enriching the soil and calling forth life with a softness.
That’s spring in northern Wisconsin and the Northwoods.
Come and be part of it all.
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[Image: Courtesy of Mike Crowley; available for sale at his website Life in the Northwoods]