It’s Spring–I Can Prove It!

Apr 6, 2011 by

It’s Spring–I Can Prove It!

Anybody besides me notice that the weather–which has been notoriously unpredictable as long as I’ve been alive to enjoy it–is getting even more unpredictable? Like…a lot more unpredictable?

Now, I love the rain. And it’s a good thing I do, too, because my formerly drought-ridden California town has racked up an impressive 30 inches for the season. That’s about half again our normal average.

Not a week ago, we were in full “winter” storm mode (the calendar said it was spring, but only to us humans–it forgot to share the news with the wind and rain), with torrents of rain, gale-force winds, a tree landing on one poor Cambrian’s house, and some local flooding. Just a week or Flowering Plumso before that we had low temperatures in the high 30s, which, for this neighborhood, is nippy in March. Well, really…any time.

Fellow author Brian Farrey (granted he lives in St. Paul, MN, but this is an April forecast) tweeted this morning: I’m going to assume the picture of falling white flakes in the weather forecast is volcanic ash.

WildflowersAnd suddenly, today (no, not yesterday, not the day before…today, exactly) it became spring in Cambria. Not on the calendar. In the real world.

Now, the weather being what it is (especially these days) I’m not promising we won’t get another ten inches of rain in April. I’m not saying spring is here, and will stay. I’m not heavily invested in what it does next. But today it was spring. It was glorious.

Ella and I took our second 7-miler in the last four days. The first one was because we felt all cooped up from days of rain. This one was because it was just too beautiful not to go. The first time I didn’t bring my camera, and I could have kicked myself, because the hawks, herons and egrets were out hunting up a…well, I was going to say storm, but I won’t tempt fate. Today I took the camera. I have photographic proof.

My apologies to those of you who are expecting snow. You’ll get there. Spring will come. It always does. No action required on the part of humans. My favorite line from the Tao te Ching is the one in which the spring comes and the grass grows by itself. No one has to get under there and push.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of Jumpstart The World


  1. Ah. Mother Earth’s answer to everything, despite everything…spring.

  2. David Traub via Facebook

    But that’s a story for another day…(just kidding)

  3. Just wanted to add one detail, though I didn’t see any specific mention of when you were planning to come to Big Sur again. Right now Highway 1 is closed due to a slide (the road sliding into the ocean, not dirt and rocks sliding onto the road) a few miles south of Carmel. One lane is expected to reopen on or around April 16th. You’d want to check road conditions before traveling, almost no matter when you take the drive. But it’s so worth it, as you know.

  4. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    My wife and I always do a little exploring when we get away from the East Bay.

  5. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    I did not realize just how large they are up close. I would love for a California Condor to bless me with a wing or tail feather.

  6. Condors are amazing, aren’t they!!?! You really have no idea of their vast size until you see them like that, close-up!!!

  7. Oh, wonderful!! I hope you take some time to get into the beautiful forested areas….. again, so lovely… and quite stress relieving and breathtaking…..

  8. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    Two years ago we saw a California Condor outside the window at Post Ranch

  9. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    I perform weddings ar Big Sur every year. I ALWAYS look forward to it. We stay at a nice Bed and Breakfast with friends.

  10. How beautiful a trip down the coast might be, Rabbi…… a little getaway…. so lovely…. and, you pass Big Sur on your way to Cambria… always gorgeous…. ahhhhh….. remember Rabbi…..

  11. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    I have been through it then as we took Highway 1 to Los Angeles. I think we had to divert to I-5 at some point. This was years ago.

  12. Dearest Rabbi, it is about one hour and 15 mins south of Monterey, if you’re on Hwy 1. : )

  13. Take a deep breath and enjoy…

  14. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    Where is Cambria? I live in the East Bay

  15. Donna Morask

    Amen to that and the grass! Nice one.