Reflections on Spring

The geese have gone. Dozens have abandoned our lawn and veered back to Canada for the spring and summer. They will return when the temperatures again drop up North.

For now cherry blossoms are blooming, daffodils have sprouted, and green buds are exploding on all the trees. Spring in its mercurial moods has come to the Chesapeake. The last (I hope) snow and ice storm of the season passed through a few weekends ago. Bright sun and balmy temperatures warmed us last weekend; this weekend hovered somewhere in between, though Monday morning dawned below freezing again.

Even as this fraught globe balances between war and peace in Europe and drought and famine in areas of Africa, and genocide in regions of Asia, this earth of ours spins on its axis. The seasons continue to rotate. As humankind, most of us  live lives focused on the needs of  day to day as the peril from afar flickers on the screen. In the nighttime hours this flickering in the dark heightens and gives pause, intensifying as sleep eludes. But then the day dawns and the sun rises, and the earth again spins its course. Looking closely near and far, we witness (and can do) deeds of kindness, and these save us and the planet from the apathy of despair.

Here I post some photos of the season in appreciation of the beauty that I wish could unite us and that might at least find a home in imagination if not in fact.

Photo credits: Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

Photo credit: Teresa Gadow


  1. Pam Buckles on March 31, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    A lovely look at spring today. Your words and photos evoke the beauty and serenity of God’s creation which is much needed today. Your dog is so sweet.
    Happy spring to you!

    • Joanne on March 31, 2022 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Pam. As you know, it is important, especially in fraught times, to be able to lift our thought and view in order to be able to help.

  2. GUR on March 31, 2022 at 11:14 pm


    • Joanne on April 2, 2022 at 9:02 am

      Thank you!

  3. Doran on April 1, 2022 at 7:44 am

    I lived on the Bohemia River in Cecil County for 5 years and loved it.
    Such a beautiful part of the country. I had geese too.
    The reminder that life continued elsewhere, was when plans from
    Dover AFB flew over the house, reminding me to continue to
    pray for peace, vigilance, and safety. Thanks for the photos.

    • Joanne Leedom-Ackerman on April 1, 2022 at 9:44 am

      Thank you for that lovely memory and reminder.

    • Joanne on April 2, 2022 at 9:01 am

      Thank you, Dorie. Hope peace and justice in our hearts can travel,, at least in thought.

  4. Dorie McGuiness on April 2, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Thank you, Joanne, much needed thoughts for our troubled world! Keeping perspective as our hearts are breaking for the people of Ukraine is so very difficult. Appreciate your good thoughts and your beautiful pictures! 🕊🕊🕊🇺🇦

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