What a winter it was! It’s great that we’ve lived through another one – and it’s definitely over!
When the snow began to fall, the snowdrops were already pushing up. Then we didn’t get to see them again, until a week and a half ago – and they were fully up, and already blooming under all that snow. Amazing. The beautiful tiny yellow winter aconite were in full bud, and blossomed within three days. Near them, the buttercups – same color, different leaves and petals, are already coming up. They will bloom about the time the aconite disappears.
Plus the hyacinth, crocus, and daffodils are pushing up fast.
And, even with all that cold, chipmunks were every now and then racing around the yard, those little tails sticking straight up. Many is the year I’ve seen no chipmunks from late October until mid-March. Every one else was out and about, too – all the birds, owls, The Hawk. I have not seen a coyote or fox for quite a while.
But – a week or so ago, before the snow left – I looked out the window and saw a Wolf. Truly. Its coloring and fur were not like the winter coyote, and its rump was definitely not coyote. And the many colored hairs in its fur look just like the picture of the wolf I keep attached to my Tibetan calendar – dirty yellow, gray, white, brown and black. He was very self-possessed, calm, wandering through and looking around. When I went out later to look at the snow – that paw print was huge.
Thank you for walking by, Wolf / Teacher. Namaste.