Winter feels longer this year,
saturated with rain, news and worry.
I didn’t think “save democracy”
would be on my list
of daily tasks.
But so it is, right below
fix up the guest room,
practice ukulele and
Spring, a welcome intruder,
even if it’s not here to stay.
But today, the necessary season
showed up with the miracle of almond blossoms,
and the world’s largest drain pipe
rushes with water and wonder.
The fields are muddy, the trees are budding, the
glory hole is powerful and quiet and deceptive.
So many metaphors,
but if you don’t mind,
I will take my time with spring.
Just and only spring.
The Morning Glory Hole at the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa is the world’s largest drain pipe. It’s worth the trip. This is Steve’s video of it. If you go, stop in the nearby town of Winters for some wine tasting at Turkovich Winery and a small plate of yummy food at Preserve. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch some almond blossoms on the way.
Photos by Kim Tackett, near Winters, CA.