As winter bids adieu and heavy coats go back into the closet, warm temperatures bring different species of birds to the area daily. For now, it seems that spring has arrived. But don't count winter out yet. It has been known to return and chill us with its icy fingers just when we're about to […]

As winter bids adieu and heavy coats go back into the closet, warm temperatures bring different species of birds to the area daily. For now, it seems that spring has arrived.
But don't count winter out yet. It has been known to return and chill us with its icy fingers just when we're about to celebrate its annual demise.
Since this time of year might be called sprinter, let's compare the relative merits of each season, beginning with winter.
Winter is a season for reflection, a time for gathering with family, with Christmas being its epitome. It's also a time for hot chocolate and reading. It can be a good time to explore the outdoors on a sunny blue, if chilly, day, since no insect repellent is required. Winter allows you to see life unadorned-the tree without leaves, the lawn without grass or flowers. It presents its own stark beauty, as in a winter sunset or the flight of honking Canadas overhead. Winter offers solace and is a good time for walking, especially on a quiet winter evening with little traffic to contend with. For those interested in the heavens, winter affords the best season for skywatching.
Spring is full of motion and commotion. Suddenly, we realize what we didn't accomplish over the past winter, and now it's a time for redoubling our efforts, for spring cleaning perhaps. Early spring is a good time for bird watching, when the migrants return and have not yet been camouflaged by trees leafing out. Spring is, always, tornado and thunderstorm season, when the potential for severe weather keeps us all tuned into the weathermen on our televisions, radios, and cellphones. Spring is a time for lovers, perhaps, especially when flowers begin to bloom and their sweet aromas fill the air. Springtime is definitely for dreamers, and the romantic or poet in us all.
Whatever spring or winter brings, even if that's sometimes sprinter, hope you enjoy the season and also stay safe.