By: Mark Roseman, Board Member
For: Red Rock News
Date: March 19, 2010
Writing a column about spring opens a wide canvass of topics. Possible areas of interest include: science, feelings and nostalgia, astrology, a favorite song, and much more. The words “spring” and “spring time” jog personal recollections for us all. Take a moment . . . lift your eyes off this page. Sit back, take a breath and close your eyes; feel, and experience the memory bank of spring times in your life. Did you smell the new green grass, see a robin redbreast, spot a monarch butterfly, or hear Frank Sinatra croon “It Might As Well Be Spring?”
The spring season, in the earth’s Northern hemisphere, arrives during the month of March and continues through May, when summer ramps up the atmosphere with heat. This year, spring returns on March 20. The beaconing of spring brings our attention to the re-birth of the flora, the longer days of sunshine, and a spring fever for which no one seeks a cure.
The scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) relate that the Earth’s seasons are caused by the tilt of Earth, on its axis, by an average of 23.5 degrees. As the Earth revolves around the Sun, its rays are directly over the equator, and the Sun’s thermal energy is balanced between the northern and southern hemispheres of the planet. When this occurs, it means spring has arrived - by what is referred to as the “spring equinox “. . . when the sun is directly aligned with the equator. Last Sunday most of the country’s clocks sprang forward in response to the additional hours of daytime spring brings with her. In Arizona, we never touch the hands of the clock. The best reason I’ve found for this state’s maverick stand on clock changing is that since most of the state is so hot during the summer people choose to do outdoor activities, after sunset, during cooler temperatures. Even that doesn’t make much sense.
Spring is alive and available for checkout at The Sedona Public Library (SPL). For children, there are many spring-themed books in the SPL system, such as “Ivy In Bloom: the poetry of spring from great poets & writers from the past.” (Use the SPL website to view books by title). Spring arrives in the Spanish children’s book: “Veamos la primavera,” and even cartoon characters get into the spring of things, see: “Elmo’s World. Springtime fun!”
If you enjoy the orchestral sound of spring, check out a CD of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: La Primavera. The first three movements burst alive with musical visuals of the spring season. By his placement of spring at the beginning of his symphony, the composer tips his baton to spring as the start of newness, new life, freshness, and the awakening of winter’s dormant plant life. Here’s a suggestion: take an awakening walk or hike at West Fork, during the spring months, and immerse yourself in the stunning celebration for life Nature knit into spring time.
Spring is the topic of myriad books and magazines at SPL. Books about horticulture and animal husbandry are in SPL’s collection. Plants and animals are greatly influenced by the amount of day light there is during the day. More sunshine means more photosynthesis and more plant growing and regeneration. The fancy of reproduction is revved up in mammals in spring time. Browse the shelves or ask one of the staff or volunteer research librarians to help you with any library search needs you have. They truly want to help you.
The astrological signs for the spring months are Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and associated with fresh vigor and new beginnings. Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac; the bullish natural forces of Nature are captured in the symbolism. The third sign, Gemini, is associated with youth and versatility
Spring comes up in different sorts of commentaries: “Spring is nature's way of saying, “Let's party”--Robin Williams, and "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."--Margaret Atwood. It was Mark Twain who said: “It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
Spring is special. Close your eyes and experience her for a moment or two during your day. Better yet, we live in an awakening green valley all around us . . . get outside and take in some spring.
Mark Roseman, author of this week's article,
is a retired attorney and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.
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