The ice is breaking up faster on the coast than it is further inland. Even a few miles make a big difference. This photo is of part of what’s called “Strawberry Creek” in Harpswell, although it’s not really a creek and just eventually leads out into the Casco Bay. But it’s close enough to the land that it freezes solid in the winter. As you can see, it has taken on the temporary “lunar landscape” look as it transitions from frozen to recognizable terra firma with a lovely ocean inlet.
The news brings us stories of places where bulbs are flowering and shoots are sprouting up everywhere on the Earth. They tell us the sun is shining and the birds are singing and the squirrels are chattering back and forth. We hear about gardens being planted. Ladies are wearing sundresses and children are wearing shorts. And everywhere the world is screaming, “Spring!! Spring!!” This is what we have heard.
Here in Maine where the snow and ice still rule, we know these to be the tall tales that they are. Surely, the news exaggerates.
|The ice melts on Strawberry Creek.|