rich soil after snow / 雪が肥やす森

January 26, 2013

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1990Canada001

7 August 1990, Canada
Acadian Forest
Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Forest
design: Malcolm Waddell
leaves illustration: Jan Waddell
photograph: Sherman Hines

We have some sunshine finally!!  Patchy snow is seen on the ground and it will deliver rich minerals to the tree roots little by little.  I am amazed how little birds keep their feet warm during that snow – the birds’ chirping let us know that they have survived.

Two stamps are showing Canadian forests in winter and early spring, together with Beech and Eastern White Pine details.

待ちに待った日が射して、雪がどんどん溶けています。こうやって、栄養たっぷりの水が徐々に地面にしみ込んで、森を育てていくのだなぁ、、、と思いを馳せます。それにしても、あの雪の中で、小鳥たちの足はしもやけにならなかったのだろうか。元気そうに啼く声を聞けて、嬉しいのでした。

切手はカナダの森の冬と早春が写されたもの。一枚目にはブナの葉と実、二枚目はマツの一種ストローブマツの葉と松ぼっくりのイラスト付きです。

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