nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

Posts Tagged ‘spring

spring flowers – service berry bushes

with 4 comments

At this time of year, many ditches and fields in New Brunswick are filled with Serviceberry bushes in bloom. Their delicate white flowers only last a short while but later, in summer, we will be able to pick sweet Serviceberries.

~

~

the shad are running

~

after hard rain

and thin wind

between cold front and warm

riverbanks overflow

and for dinner we have fiddleheads

potatoes and shad, served

with last summer’s Serviceberry jam

~

Serviceberry bushes are torn fish nets

holes poked through with fingers

white petals scattered over mossy stones

on the river shore

~

~

Published as ‘the shad are running’ in within easy reach, 2016, Chapel Street Editions

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

waking from winter …

leave a comment »

Not everyone has been snoozing though the colder months …

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

 

Written by jane tims

May 5, 2017 at 7:37 am

colour of spring – a palette of twigs

leave a comment »

The season is rushing on! Only a week ago the branches were bare of growth and today our red maples have blossomed.

~

On a recent drive to our cabin, there was still snow in some ditches. But I was thrilled to see the diversity displayed by young woody shoots and saplings.

~

Green of willow …

~

~

Red of dogwood …

~

~

And the silver of pussy willow …

~

~

Happy spring at last!!!!!

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2107

Written by jane tims

May 3, 2017 at 7:34 am

end of winter

leave a comment »

Although I love winter, it is so heartening to see all of nature enjoying the melting snowpack and the return of warmer days …

~

As bits of fields reveal themselves, the white-tailed deer are out and about, feeding on young sprouts and the left-overs of last year’s harvest …

~

~

The deer are not timid at all, but if the camera makes that whirring sound (remember The Lost World: Jurassic Park?) they are off in a flash, white tails lifted …

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

April 7, 2017 at 7:09 am

spring comes to the Saint John River

leave a comment »

We have waited eagerly for spring here in New Brunswick. With late snow storms and temperatures still in the minus degrees Centigrade, my day lilies are just peeking through the grass at the edge of the snow.

~

There is still ice on the river with windrows showing the last snows …

~

~

but the ice is gradually receding, revealing vast strips of blue water …

~

~

Every year, my husband and I watch for our own harbinger of spring …. the return of the Canada geese to the river. We went for a drive last week to find many examples of geese feeding in the bare fields and along the river edges.

~

We saw geese in several fields along the way, but our best view was on a side road to one of the river’s many concrete wharves …

~

~

prediction of spring

~

necks of geese

are the steep upward

curve of charts showing:

—— longer , brighter days

——- larger areas of meltwater

——— warmer expressions of sun

~

~

Copyright 2017 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

April 3, 2017 at 7:00 am

an intelligent world of blue

with 2 comments

Yesterday, we went on a drive along the Saint John River from Oromocto to Jemseg. We hoped to see some birds or other wild life. But we didn’t even see a crow!!!!

~

However we did see the world painted in a sweet-toned shade of blue … the ice on the river, the long shadows on the meadows and the sky. I was reminded of Douglas Adams and his tribute to hooloovoo ‘blue’.

~

A Hooloovoo is a super-intelligent shade of the color blue.

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy    

~

dscn0210-2~

dscn0215-2

~

 

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

March 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

a muse takes over – telling a story through the seasons

with 2 comments

In New Brunswick, the passage of time is measured in part by the seasons. Right now we are in winter, in the midst of another snow storm and taking a lot of care when walking on all the ice. Soon it will be spring with crocuses blooming on the lawn and water in every hollow. Then summer, days on the deck and keeping cool. Finally, my favourite season, autumn, colourful leaves and starry nights.

~

Since I am a writer embedded in the winter-spring-summer-fall cycle, it’s natural that changing seasons are an important part of my sci-fi novel. Although weather is often a factor in story telling, I find many books ignore the changing of the seasons.

~

Seasons on planet Meniscus occur in a cycle of four, as in the northern and southern latitudes of Earth. On Meniscus the seasons are the result of a changing heat regime as once per ‘year’ one of the twinned suns slips behind the other. Whether the physics of this makes much sense, I can’t say. “I’m a biologist, Jim, not a physicist!”

~

Book One, Crossing the Churn, begins in summer. Foraging for food is easy. As the days pass, leaves begin to fall and soon the characters wade rather than walk through the forest.

~


~

Book Two, South from Sintha, finishes in autumn, as the days grow colder.  New characters in Book Two are looking for a home before winter sets in.
~


~

Book Three, Winter at the Water-climb, takes place in a world of ice. The plot focuses on the coming of cold weather and shorter days. Foraging for food is difficult since everything is hidden under snow drifts.  Survival depends on what has been put into storage.

~


~

Book Four, The Town in the Themble Wood, celebrates the coming of spring and the vibrancy of summer. The Slain and Odymn scout the Themble Wood for a town-site and help the other Humans establish a new community.

~


~

Book Five, so new it has no name, will take the characters back into autumn. In many ways this book will be a race against time as winter approaches and the Slain must find Odymn and other characters who have been lost after a crisis.

~


~
Including seasons in my story adds to the possibilities for describing setting. The cinnamon scent of trees in the autumn Themble Wood, tracks in the snow of the new town, and melting water-springs add to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes my writing can explore.

~

The progress of getting my first book into CreateSpace has been hampered this week by the appearance of ‘The Blue Screen of Death’ on my computer. It is fixed now, but I am sure the folks on Meniscus have never faced such a challenge!!!

~

~

Copyright 2017 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

February 8, 2017 at 7:04 am

%d bloggers like this: