Welcome to that tug-of-war time of year.
Spring has arrived. If anyone wants to dispute the point, just bring out the calendar.
Yet winter doesn’t want to loosen its grasp.
Those icy tentacles hang on, evident in snow that clings to bushes, in icicles that adorn a rocky overpass.
Who will win? Old man winter or the brash young newcomer?
With each little crocus blossom that unfurls in a patch of sunlight, with each bit of greenery that peeks through the snow, with each little bud sprouting on a tree limb, we say:
Our money’s on spring.
Local photographer Mike Burnside, who hardly ever goes anywhere without his trusty Sony digital single-lens reflex camera, has been recording the inevitable signs of a welcome season, such as that tuft of green ground cover that steadfastly pushed aside the snow in his Harveys Lake garden.
But those of us who braved snowy roads during this transitional week (spring arrived Wednesday morning) won’t be surprised to see he was still able to shoot some icy scenes.
So does Burnside have an equal affection for all four seasons?
“I am not fond of cold weather,” Burnside said. “I love walking in the woods in snow, but I don’t do that when it’s 20 degrees and the wind’s blowing.”
So he’ll be glad to see spring usher in the warmer weather, which will give him very different photo opportunities.
“One of the most wonderful things about living where we do,” he said, “is the changing seasons.”
If you’d like to see more of Burnside’s work, you can log onto burnsidephotographic.com. Also, make a note that April 20 is the opening date of a joint exhibit he and fellow photographer Phil Dente will have at the Something Special Bakery & Cafe on West Walnut Street in Kingston.
The show will include photos the two men have shot on visits to “The Pond,” a body of water, tucked out of the way just a few blocks from Wyoming Avenue in the Forty Fort/Swoyersville area.
“What a marvelous place,” Burnside said. “It’s surrounded by a cemetery, a dike, a playground and a railroad right of way, so I think it will stay the way it is. The only way I discovered it was that somebody put a geocache there.”
Dente and Burnside stop by the pond regularly and, because their photographic styles are so different, “we can each take 100 images and you’d never know we were in the same place.”
Meanwhile, if Burnside’s photos have inspired you to go outside and explore, you might consider hiking a “1000-steps trail” with the Susquehanna Trailers on Sunday. The trail is in the Glen Onoko area outside of Jim Thorpe, and hike leader Sue Eckhart describes it as “8.5 difficult miles.”
Other organized events this weekend include a chance to go birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society bright and early Sunday. Or consider an “Equinox Extravaganza” at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry on Saturday afternoon that involves learning stations and a nature trail. It promises to be “educational and fun” for the younger family members.