Sunday, March 4, 2012
Let me tell ya, living in an area with a mild change between the four seasons has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, every three months or so change is in the air as one season gives way to the next. The summer is the best for me since it's rarely warmer than 35 C during the hottest month in August. Spring and fall add color changes to the environment while winter provides a snowfall maybe two or three times during its span. But at the same time, winter is probably the most difficult month - unless you're a skier or a snowboard fanatic. Being far away from the equator means the hours the sun is shining diminish substantially during winter. In the height of winter, the sun sets shortly after 4:30 PM in this area. I, like a number of other people, start to feel what is called cabin-fever. There's an urge to go out and do something, anything just so as long as it's outside. But its not nice enough to enjoy being outdoors. The occasional hike through a park toting my camera in hopes of catching a good photo helps. Anything just to chase away those blues. Fortunately, I've been seeing signs of spring time approaching. The birds are chirping as if they were some extras on an Alfred Hitchcock set. And I've even noticed signs of life in my banana plant out back. Nonetheless, I'll still keep the plant covered for another to protect it from frost. Spring time, you can't arrive a minute too soon. Hurry up will ya!