“Subtle Signs”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
“The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer. Minute by minute they lengthen out. It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change. It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”
– Vita Sackville-West
I always used to think that winter darkness lasted too long until I started gardening and started paying more attention to nature. Now, I notice that just after Christmas, it doesn’t get as dark as early as it did in mid-December, and now, in early February, already the sun is showing when I leave for work at 6:15 AM. This certainly is one more subtle sign that spring is coming.