Normally, March is the month I dislike the most. It is a grouchy, unpredictable mess of a month at a time when I’m winter weary and just want to get on with warmer weather.
This year however, Mother Nature delivered a delightful surprise in a very mild winter and a March that has felt more like April.
I cannot recall another March when I was out riding my bike in such unseasonably warm temperatures. Admittedly, the winds were brisker than comfortable, but it felt so good to be blowing out the mental cobwebs on a mid-March ride.
This is the month when the sap starts running in the trees as the daylight gets longer and the sun gets warmer. That means maple syrup time.
Canada produces over 70% of the world’s maple syrup and the vast majority of it comes from Quebec. This month a Quebec-style maple syrup festival was hosted at Sugar Beach. Combined with a beautiful sunny day, people were out in force.
We were just passing through on our bikes and stopped long enough to take a few photos.
The warm March temperatures have also meant it has been really pleasant to be out exploring on the urban trails along the Don River.
… but even on a sunny day, there were reminders of exactly how bleak the landscape looks in March.
Today is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and if March is any indication, we have a lot of beautiful weather to look forward to.
Changing Seasons is a monthly photo feature hosted by Cardinal Guzman.