It’s March 20th; the first day of spring! I hope the photo below is not too shocking for anyone. The snowman’s remains announced the arrival of spring.
It promises to be a rough spring with flood alerts all over the state. Since we live by the Minnesota river, we are bracing for the worst. We put plugs in our basement drains but I awoke to find water all over the basement floor so I connected the pumps and started the drainage process. The river is barely out of its banks and is not even close to the house, but the water table is so high that it is forcing its way in.
It was a foggy morning making the landscape have an almost surreal appearance.
The ditches are filled with water flowing toward the river.
The horizontal lines on the willows show where the river has reached in recent years.
I walked across our field which will be flooded within a week. The only way for me to get a photo of this tree at that time will be to build a raft.
I’m taking it easy today. Yesterday we filled sandbags and I’m sore. Couldn’t help but notice the beauty of nature even as she challenges us. The last photo is of the misty hills, still snow-covered but melting quickly now, flowing steady toward the river.