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Changing seasons

April 9, 2012

Driving back from Fairbanks the other day the change in seasons was all too obvious. At times to me this is the most un-beautiful time of year for my commute. Though the highway was now void of any snow the berms plowed over the winter stood as a dirty mass of white and black. The pristine look of the road during the winter now was giving way to something that looks like the dirty streets of an urban area. Black and brown shading the snow closest to the roadway spotted here and there with litter flown from truck beds on there winter trips. Not even the music filling my trucks cabin could beautify the passing image of the coming summer.

But this being Alaska, and it is said if you don’t like the weather or scenery just travel for a bit and things will change. True as that statement as I turned a conner a new stretch of road that seemed untouched by this urban blight appears. It was a long straight stretch with White Spruce and Aspen standing tall in straight rows bordering the road, looking much like sailors on the deck of an aircraft carrier at parade rest. There tips just hinting with buds of the short warm season to come. Also bringing thoughts of the season ahead are tiny birds in the hundreds swirling in the air as you pass, possibly looking for nesting places to have there young.

As the temperatures rise and the mountains of snow become rivers of water it announces the coming of new life in the wilderness, soon the grasses, flowers and berry bushes will come into there own giving a colored landscape few have the privilege to walk through.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. AussieAlaskan permalink
    April 9, 2012 4:35 pm

    Very nice, Pete!


  2. kara permalink
    April 9, 2012 5:08 pm

    you forgot the coming of the mosquito’s and waking of the bears, fire season, i really will miss winter


  3. Del permalink
    April 9, 2012 9:35 pm

    looking forward to seeing it again….


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