Why this is awesome: Last week, I had the pleasure to go on my first visit to my local park since the start of the new year. On an uncharacteristically warm day*, I decided to venture out and soak up some vitamin D and shake loose some mental cobwebs.
The trees were still bare and the grass was still pale green and yellow, but the murmurs of springtime were clearly present. Which reminded me of this photo above taken on another surprisingly warm day last October 2020, and I couldn't help but share it with you today.
I'm a firm believer that we should celebrate our wins when we can, and remind ourselves of our "wealth" when it's most likely to go unnoticed. This feels especially true when I'm outdoors enjoying mother nature, but even more so now that we are on the other side of a year-long pandemic, with a still uncertain future.
In 3 weeks, this park will hold its Annual Cherry Blossom Festival that in previous years rivaled the national event in Washington, D.C. Barring any immediate problems, my mountain bike and I look forward to visiting the park to my heart's content during the festival, and equally so when the green returns to its full glory like in the photo above.
* It's normally not above 60°F before April this far north in this hemisphere.
Top Image: Late summer at Branch Brook Park photo by Candace Nicholson