The first signs of spring are here. Trees are budding - cherry trees, red maple and dogwood. The dogwood that hangs over my creek is getting ready to burst with dazzling, white blooms.
Early flowers open their faces to the sun. Crocus and yellow daffodils are among the first.
Peeper frogs chirp at dusk. I don’t hear them where I live in North Carolina, but I used to hear them a lot in upstate New York. My neighbor then was an old-timer who said the peepers had to freeze 3 times before spring truly arrived.
The butterflies return. The mourning cloak butterflies here start floating around the yard. They wait to nestle in the butterfly bushes when they bloom.
Finally, a sign of spring in North Carolina is the blue tail skink. This small lizard moves slowly when it first appears as though it’s groggy from a long nap. But the sun soon warms it and it becomes super fast, darting in and out of places to hide. Skink like to bask in the sun on rocks or on the floor of our back porch.
The blue tail skink is so interesting, he may make it into an Acorn and Button story.
Anyway, those are some of my favorite signs of spring! What are yours?