Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wonderful Time Of The Year

Here in Wisconsin, the daylight portion of each 24 hours is lengthening as we move toward summer solstice on June 21.

I'm up early and the sky is noticeably brighter at 4:45 a.m. when I go out for the paper.  Birds are singing by then, and today Sunrise occurred at 5:41 a.m.

It's been more than four months since winter solstice but we are well into spring now.  I've already mowed the lawn twice.

Wisconsin can have extremely cold and snowy winters but the 2010-11 one was average on both counts.

Summers here are lush and wet in an almost tropical way which is our great reward for the barren and dormant winter months when plants stop growing and animals hibernate or migrate south.

Let me conclude, however, by observing that the landscape in America's Dairyland is beautiful after a snowfall and few things are more stimulating than a sub-zero, winter day. 


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