Spring has finally sprung here on the west coast of Canada after a really long and cold winter. I’ve lived here since 1980 and to be quite honest, this was one of the worst ones I can recall. As with all things in life, once the snow finally disappeared and signs began to emerge that spring was around the corner, we all began to talk about how we are hoping for a nice summer this year, and how we’d appreciate it if it came early!
The Cowichan Valley is home to many beautiful and large farms with large tracts of land that support the livestock and harvests the region is well known for. As soon as winter breaks, we begin to see signs of spring, and they do seem to come quickly. This barn sits on a huge farm that is nestled in the mountains that form the Cowichan Valley, and on one warm afternoon the light came and went upon the barn as the geese and wildlife in the area took in the weather.
This shot was taken a few weeks back now and shows the very beginning of our spring. Today we find cherry trees in full bloom and our local foliage is filling in quickly as the temperatures climb with increased hours of sunlight. This also means our grass is growing quickly, this being both good news and bad as we struggle to find the perfect day and time to mow the lawn before it becomes taller than us.
In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. ~Mark Twain
Although to many this may seem to be an exaggeration, here on Vancouver Island this quote from author Mark Twain sums it up rather perfectly. These days we need to bring an umbrella, a winter coat, and a t-shirt with us at all times as the weather changes as quickly it arrives. Ahh, the bucolic life on the west coast…