Out and About at Glen Ivy this Spring

California is famous for its endless sunny warmth, but these last several years of ongoing drought conditions have amplified that. Every year the draught continues, a “next normal” is established, but even so, there are many familiar bench-marks that indeed, announce that spring is upon us.

Even with just the little rain we’ve received, one can watch the surrounding hillsides transform to swatches of soft green, and when Coldwater Creek flows, there is a welcomed energy that recharges the landscape of Glen Ivy. Wild Cucumber vines spread and climb on everything with a burst of small white flowers, and Flowering Jasmine spiral above the Kiosk. Along the back road in the Spiral, daffodils push up from the garden with their yellow trumpet flowers and plump strawberries sweeten in the soft spring sun.

White-Crowned Sparrows, Juncos and Audubon Warblers all spend the winter with us before their northern migration, holding spots for the Orioles, Phainopepla’s (look it up!), Swallows and Grosbeaks who arrive back from the South. The flurry of Hummingbirds across the property kicks into high gear, and the first nest of the season has already been reported.

Any time of day at Glen Ivy holds its own special features and rhythms with a spectrum of sights, sounds and happenings, but my favorite time of day at Glen Ivy is early morning before the sun rises. The mornings hold a calming stillness but also a brewing energy about to burst upon the day. The space between the two is always a time to reflect and appreciate all that’s around us.

With each day just a little bit longer now, the softness of spring leads on to summer and new experiences across our landscape. When you’re walking through Glen Ivy, make sure you take a minute or two and enjoy all the sights and sounds about. Remember, it’s never important what you see, it’s that you see all the wonder around you.

This article was contributed by Jim Root; President and CEO of Glen Ivy Hot Springs.

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