The January thaw lasts for only a few days, but we are all richer for its visitation and a little silly too.
Small tributaries in the eastern Ontario highlands run free for a brief interval, and take on the color and texture of quicksilver. On sunny days, the liberated waterways are filled, one and all, with buttery light and wispy clouds and blue sky.
This week, one can almost hear springtime breathing softly around the bend. Alas, we (and she) have a long way to go, for deep cold is already on its way and will be here in a few days.