Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spring? Maybe

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I don’t know from Phil; that 120 year-old Groundhog who makes his home at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Five weeks ago, Feb. 2, he came out of his hole and supposedly saw his shadow. According to central Pennsylvania lore, that means we will have a short winter.

So what’s wrong with this picture?

Here is the first evidence of spring in Albuquerque.

This flowering tree is directly across Central Avenue at Buena Vista Drive S.E., from where I photographed the last of blooming flowers, as the last remnants of summer, late in November on the University campus.

So the overgrown rodent might be right, not only for the East, but also for the Southwest.

I won’t take any bets that New Mexico’s winter season is done, but it’s nice to know that the trees, at least, have had enough of the cold.

Next thing you know, it’ll be time to complain how hot it is.

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