Spring in the Sudtirol

Trip Start Feb 01, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Italy  , Trentino-Alto Adige,
Monday, April 2, 2012

While much of Europe is still hibernating, spring has sprung in the Sudtirol and the blossoms are in full bloom.  The snow is gone from the valleys and with the mild weather, it is also melting fast in the high country.  Awake from it's winter slumber, the vineyards are beginning to green and leaf out.  The pear and apple orchards are dazzling with white and pink blossoms.  The contrast of colors of the sprouting vines and flowering trees against the mountain backdrop is jaw-dropping. The days are becoming longer and temperatures more moderate.  I no longer need my heavy winter clothes.  God has breathed on winter and it is suddenly springtime.  

Before evening football practices we have been able to get out in the morning or afternoon and be amazed by the stunning beauty of spring.  It's as though all of creation is a choir and the blossoms and flowers are a symphony of song and color.   "...And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these..."(Matthew 6:28-29)

Words cannot do justice when viewing the beauty of God's creativity in the many shapes, colors, textures and fragrances that display the flamboyance of spring in the Sudtirol.  Trying to capture spring in the Alto Adige with a camera proves as impossible as my attempt to capture the mightiness of the Dolomites. 

Spring also brings the occasional buzzing of huge bumble bees which sometime mistakenly make a wrong turn and fly in through an open window or door.  The season brings much needed rain and a bit of mud but so far nothing too drastic.  The uptick in tourists visiting the area is starting to be noticeable as well.  Mostly the tourists come from Germany who can easily be identified by their BMW's, knapsacks and walking poles.

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