I had to talk with someone in New England, who happened to mention all the snow on the ground there. I told them that here in the Bay area, we’ve been having warm days, with temperatures in the 60s. I did not tell them that as I was driving to work yesterday, I noticed that new green leaves are appearing on some of the deciduous trees; that for the last few days the evening air has been filled with the scent of flowers; that on Sunday I stood and watched a gorgeous male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in fresh bright plumage feeding at the hummingbird feeder hanging near my office.

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    Kenneth says:
    January 26, 2011 at 10:51 am
    As a native Californian who has lived in the northeast for more years than I ever imagined I would, I prefer to think of the season you are now experiencing as “Green.” It goes with the other two seasons of most of California, “Gold” and “Brown.” The four seasons of most of the northeast simply don’t track to California in any meaningful way. (Parts of far New England, of course, have five seasons: “Mud” comes between Winter and Spring.)

    Ms. M. says:
    January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    not to mention the abundance of fresh citrus in the front yard…and the allergies….

    Erp says:
    January 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    Magnolias are already blooming.

    Amy says:
    January 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm
    I still miss Vermont sometimes, but northern California does what I used to wish Vermont would do: give us the glories of fall foliage, and then after just a few icky weeks,* give us the flowering of the magnolias and dogwoods.

    *Actually, here they aren’t even icky. We had some rain. Big deal–I like rain.

    Jean says:
    January 27, 2011 at 10:46 am
    Okay, officially jealous, here in Indiana. We are experiencing a “heat wave” of 30 degrees this week. Or so the prediction is. Right now? At 1 pm? It’s 28 degrees, 16 degree windchill. And the colors are white, brown, gray (that includes the sky). Snow today, tomorrow, next week. It’s lovely to have snow — we usually don’t, just drab ugly brown landscapes — but it would be even lovelier to have hummingbirds and flowers and 60 degree weather.

    UU Jester says:
    January 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    Next time I see you, I’m gonna put snow down the back of your shirt….

    Erp says:
    January 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    @UU Jester

    Just remember that we out in California do have a sword of Damocles from various faults.

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