Spring is one of my four favorite seasons. From the first tentative crocus shoots that pop out of the cold, sometimes snow-covered soil, to the first fledgling birds flapping uncoordinated wings to be airborne, spring offers the promise of renewal.
Farmers are planting or preparing to plant summer crops, making plans to harvest winter wheat and keeping an eye on newborn calves gamboling across pastures.
A recent trek from east Tennessee to the High Plains of Texas, with stops in Oklahoma and Arkansas, offered a sampling of springtime in the Sunbelt, including dust devils, thunder storms, 90-degree temperatures and frigid mornings.
Corn and grain sorghum seedlings are out of the ground in East Texas, and the state’s favorite flower, bluebonnets are fading fast. Wheat fields are headed out and just beginning to turn. Tractors on the Texas Plains are stirring up dust as they prepare cotton ground, and folks in Arkansas and Tennessee are waiting for a dry spell to get things rolling.
And things are blooming. Here are a few photos I shot during the recent road trip and some I’ve collected over the past few weeks. It is springtime in the Southland.