Saturday, April 26, 2008

Signs of Spring in Crittenden County

A beautiful sight along our county roads and in our bluffs and hillsides are the beautiful white lacy looking blooms of our Dogwood trees. This Dogwood covered lane in off of S.R. 297 on the Love Cemetery Road.

Another cool spell is upon us here in Crittenden County. I've been expecting this one since our Dogwood trees are now in full bloom. We have many names for these springtime cool spells. I don't know if they are all true, but the Dogwood winter is usually right on time with the Dogwood trees being in bloom.

Other cool spells are given the names of Blackberry winter, which is also when the Blackberry vines are blooming, this is usually in the first part of May. Others are, Locus Winter, Snowball winter, and Whip-Poor-Will (bird) winter, just to name a few that I know. We that live in the more populated area of Marion aren't lucky enough to hear the lonesome sound of the Whip-Poor-Will, but if you are lucky enough to live in the more rural areas of the county, about sunset time you will hear the call of this bird. What a beautiful and unique sound to the ears. What a beautiful countryside we have, and I am lucky to be living here.

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