I'm sure that for many of you, spring awakens thoughts of clearing up the dregs of winter both physical and mental, of new beginnings, new growth. It's a natural, even evolutional process. Mother nature renews in spring too. Maybe you are all thinking about your gardens and flowers and yards. But for me, the best part of spring is babies! At our local farm stands baby ducklings and rabbits are appearing, calves and sheep are emerging from their winter barns, and here in my corner of New Jersey, we have to watch for baby bears and their protective moms right behind. Hedgehogs, woodchucks and squirrels are awakening from hibernation to look for food.
In the northern hemisphere spring arrives when the sun moves directly over the equator as the earth moves in its orbit. The resulting longer days give mothers more time to forage for food for their brood. Baby animals are born as the rain brings lush new growth in the food chain. One of the first signs around my house is a little bird family who has graced the craft show birdhouse near my noisy deck for three years running now. Mama and papa help me clean up the yard - last year I even spotted plastic Easter basket grass woven into their nest that must have been stolen or spilled from our garbage.
So for your delight today - a selection of babies, mostly from past years. It's just not quite time for them to emerge fully here - but its what I am looking forward to over the next three weeks or so.
And of course those of you on my facebook feed will know that his whole post is really just an excuse to show you my own new baby - Lilly! She is a rescue who found her forever home with yours truly on March 17th. She is about 11 weeks old - just a baby!
"Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's a problem."
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!