Spring is definitely here and as I think about it, that is unusual. Usually we bounce around in an out of winter and then right into early summer. Because we live at a higher elevation spring and summer comes later than the lower areas. But this past week has been glorious. Warm and sunny and the sun is up later, I've even been able to take some late afternoon runs, which always brighten the spirit.
Last week or so ago we went through several days of high winds. I've written about the wind here, as it is fairly constant and can be quite active.
I had just cleared the yard of all the branches brought down over the winter and gad enough to keep a fire going for hours and then wind came and blew down much much more and the yard looks like I never done anything.
Another thing that it blew down were pine cones. Hundreds and hundreds of them.
All around the yard and in the woods there is almost a layer. More so than I can recall.
From a distance they look like a mole or something similar until you realize they aren't moving.
Looking high in the trees there are still plenty up there and who knows when they will join the rest.
I recall when we lived in a house with oak trees that would go through cycles and would dump so many acorns that I used a snow shovel and barrel to clean them up.
I am sure there is a similar cycle for pine trees and cones.