FROM READERS: Photos display the contrasts of early spring

Friday, March 9, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. CST
The Magnolia Soulangeana is about to bloom in mid-March.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings and has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

The drabness of March is in full swing. A few early bloomers rush the season as young humans do in shedding most of their clothes one day and putting on the wool socks the next. It is waaay too early to think perpetual warmth has returned. After temperatures rose into the 70s earlier this week I just returned from the patio where there is slush on the picnic table.

Regardless of the season, sunrises are more spectacular from my living room window than sunsets are from the back patio. So, if you are wondering if the sun, sky and clouds are of the evening or morning variety, now you know.

As usual, there is a cat and mouse game played between man and the squirrel. In this case I'm the cat and the squirrel the mouse. So far, we have broken even this year in the amount of food the squirrel has carted off and the amount I'm preventing him from taking home in his doggie bag from Halls Cafe.

Once again Mother Nature has fooled the Magnolia Soulangeana. The poor thing doesn't know whether to "bloom or go blind" if you get my drift. That's an old saying altered just a bit.

Mercy was heaped upon the jonquils. As soon as they bloomed 40 mph winds tried to rid them of their blooms. So, they were rescued and brought to Halls Mercy Hospital and short term care facility so that they can finish blooming and die in dignity. I fear that the term dying with dignity is a bit overused and greatly overrated. But, that is a story to go along with some photos in the future...maybe.

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