April Showers

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There actually are April showers falling outside my window today – though not far from here up at altitude, it’ll be snowing. Winter hasn’t let go just yet! While my eyes are on the garden, they’re still skiing in the Tetons.

That said, it’s coming. Even in Grand Teton National Park, where winter likes to linger, signs of an early spring are everywhere.

This is my favorite time of the year.

As the earth awakens from its long slumber, the landscape nearly bursts at the seams. Crocus, forsythia, daffodils, and tulips are quickly followed by dogwood, flowering crab trees, rhododendron, and lilacs. Trees begin to bud, and then – seemingly overnight – a canopy of shade is created as thousands upon thousands of leaves unfurl.

Magical.

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