A few signs of Spring—along with the leftover bones of winter—revealed themselves among the rocks and red cedars in the gullies just north of Garden of the Gods this past weekend as the season made its official debut. Off the tourist path, the smaller treasures that surround Garden of the Gods are often its most spectacular.

 

8 Responses to Spring Sign

  1. Liz says:

    I love the signs of spring that pop up in March, only to have to push their way through again with the snows of April. Nice Noel, thanks!

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    Loved this–and the Bluebird!

  3. Mary H says:

    Lovely photos. I liked the juniper roots.
    But not sure how all of these are signs of spring.
    Over in Stetson we have purple crocus coming up!

  4. Betty Jo says:

    Ah, the brave Mourning Cloak butterfly, shown several times in these beautiful photos. This rather large butterfly overwinters in tree bark cavities, rock crevices, etc. and manages to hide from the wrath of winter, birds and other predators.

    • Noel Black says:

      Thanks for the info, Betty Jo. That butterfly followed us for almost the entire hike.

  5. Lenore says:

    I would call these signs of spring a la Georgia O’Keefe.

    BTW the “bluebird” is a scrub jay, a year-round resident that is soon to begin it’s territorial swooping flight and “ack ack ack ack” call.

  6. Nancy says:

    I keep playing this over and over just for the music. I can’t decide if it feels as if it’s spring or as if I’m in an old Leghorn cartoon. Nice, either way.

News

PA Photos/Landov
July 26, 2014 | NPR · The 29-year-old cyclist will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey into Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998. This year’s event was marked by favorites dropping out early on.
 

AFP/Getty Images
July 26, 2014 | NPR · Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria’s current conflict.
 

AP
July 26, 2014 | NPR · It is the latest in a slew of missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent weeks in the lead up to the 61st anniversary of the signing of the an armistice that halted fighting in the Korean War.
 

Arts & Life

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That’s not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It’s a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
 

Music

Getty Images
July 26, 2014 | NPR · For Eric Deggans, Prince’s movie wasn’t just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as “a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out.”
 

Metropolitan Opera
July 26, 2014 | NPR · With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he’s still singing. At 70 he’s put out a new album, “I Got More Soul.” NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab