Pardon My Spring: Beauty with a Cost

Yes, I do feel a tinge of guilt, seeing my friends in the Midwest and East Coast regions experiencing this….

I started to call this post “Pardon my Spring: or Don’t Hate Me ‘Cause I’m Warm and Beautiful”; but that seemed a bit obnoxious.  Yes, I do feel a tinge of guilt, seeing my friends in the Midwest and East Coast regions  experiencing this:

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Marinas ChicagoSource

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chi-ugc-photo-icy-flying into Nashville-2014-02-05 Source for 1st & 3rd, 4th photos.

…when we on the Pacific side, Oakland, SF Bay CA are experiencing this:

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~ 60 deg. F, and a Spring that started in January.

But all this beauty has come at an ugly price: for the first time in my lifetime, we’ve experienced a Winter with no rain. Our two small drizzles brought us this early Spring, yes, but they have also left us 90% below normal rainfall. Our ground water reserves are unreplenished, reservoirs are at 30%, and everyone is bracing for a busy fire season.  River levels for our salmon are at all time lows, and Central Valley fields lie fallow. Gov. Brown has declared all of the state a drought zone, and Obama brought emergency funds for farmers- on Valentines Day.  As a former fisheries biologist, I worry about the fish: no one has come to their aid. So our salmon runs will likely be badly reduced for the next 4 years.

But we’ll take this embarrassing blush of beauty while it lasts. 

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If you are in the cold dead zone of Winter, come out and spend some sunny warm days on the West Coast. Oakland was voted top 10 US cities to come visit. 😉

Either way, Warm thoughts to our frigid friends to the East; hang in there- your Spring will come soon!

Author: tara linda

Musician, performer, poet, jewelry maker

2 thoughts on “Pardon My Spring: Beauty with a Cost”

  1. It was indeed a rough winter here on the Eastern coast however I believe it helps us to have a greater appreciation for the spring and summer. Also although there was much more snow (48 inches more than normal here in NJ) this year, traveling, shoveling and dealing with it and the cold temperatures was one very interesting adventure.

    1. Hi Mikial: Yes- I appreciate so much what you say; keeps us vigorous to deal with tougher things. From our thoughts, to our cells, to our (stronger) muscles- vigorous. I grew up in the desert, so all we had to endure was hotter and hotter summers ;), none of it was worth complaining about.
      Thank you for finding me; I enjoy your poetry very much.

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