In the Northern Hemisphere, the last vestiges of winter are quickly disappearing. There was, of course, mother nature’s recent blast of snow and freezing rain to show that she is still in charge. One watches for the buds on the trees and Washington looks for apple blossoms. Warmer weather, as opposed to warm weather, is sufficient to induce adventurous youth to don shorts and open their winter jackets. Is that Robin Redbreast in your garden?
Here on the equator, at 3000 m. (Almost 10,000 ft) altitude, change is more subtle. Trees remained green throughout the winter months; although some thinned out their leaves.
Daily temperatures remained comfortably around 20 C (68 F). The most notable sign of winter was the almost constantly overcast sky and daily rainfall. Today, sitting in the early morning sun, I notice that the sky is blue again and that trees have, overnight, sprouted new branches.
Snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano, 90 km (56 mi) away, has returned to my terrace view. A little bird momentarily joins a colourful butterfly nearby and then zooms from sight. Soon, the guava tree will flower and tiny, blue hummingbirds will visit. Captivated by their beauty and light dancing, flower to flower, I will be waiting, camera in hand, as every year.
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