Thoughts on the ar­rival of spring and Mother Na­ture

Record Observer - - OPINION - By JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

Af­ter some warm and sunny days in Fe­bru­ary, fol­lowed by day­light sav­ing time, the first full moon in March for the spring sea­son, called the “Worm Moon,” the earth’s ground be­gins to soften as earth­worms reap­pear along with the re­turn of the robins, also early blooms, bud­ding tree branches and spring flow­ers ap­pear­ing. We wel­come the ar­rival of spring!

This year on the shore af­ter the fore­cast, we woke up to a Nor’ Easter win­ter storm bring­ing high winds, sleet, rain and snow to let us know win­ter is still here and only a few days be­fore the ar­rival of spring, we had “snow on the daf­fodils” also added ice and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures on all the early blos­soms that the spring sea­son brings to all flow­ers and bud­ding trees. The good news is that most spring­bloom­ing flow­ers are very re­silient and hardy.

This year we learned again, the wis­dom that Mother Na­ture brings, along with grand life lessons. We need to be re­minded of how na­ture is so spe­cial and a gift from God!

As my fa­ther, James E. Melvin Sr. (known as Hawke) said many years ago, “People just don’t seem to re­spect Mother Na­ture like they used to.” As a na­tive of the Eastern Shore, a water­man and farmer, he learned most ev­ery­thing he knew from Mother Na­ture and took heed.

Mother Na­ture is a good teacher! You will learn more by watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to Mother Na­ture. You must then take heed and see how it works watch­ing wildlife and how they re­act. You will learn a lot of lessons and ap­pre­ci­ate na­ture with time­less wis­dom and en­ergy.

Let us pre­serve and pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment here in Queen Anne’s County and ev­ery­where. Na­ture re­mains in a state of ev­er­chang­ing beauty. The en­chant­ment of the sky can be the first marvel of the day bring­ing never-end­ing joy.

PHOTO BY JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

The first robin ush­ers in spring.

PHOTO BY JUDY M. EDELHEIT

Early blooming daf­fodils are cov­ered in ice and snow.

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