People often talk about big “anniversaries” like how many years they have been married, how long they have had their house or car but for many nature lovers it is the smaller more seasonal anniversaries that mean so much too.
The first crocus that pushes its way through the crust of snow to bloom on an early spring day. The first chorus from spring peepers. The first spring migrant’s return to their nesting grounds. The first wildflowers blooming high in the mountains, on the plains, forests, canyons or deserts. The first butterfly. The first hatchling, kit, pup or fawn. The first summer thunderstorm.
Then the first show of fall colors, skeins of geese flying south, the fruits ripening that formed in an earlier season. The first frost. The first snow.
The first warm wind from the south that signals the start of the cycle of nature’s anniversaries all over again.
We really can’t ignore them all.
Life is good.