Some negative-thinkers might have stepped outside this morning, looked at the three feet of snow on the ground, felt the -8 degree (F) temperature, and whined “springtime is NEVER gonna get here!”  I, however, am a positive-thinker, and even though the official spring is still three weeks away, I consider this day to be my own personal First Day of Spring!  

And in that spirit, I went out for a bike ride.  I know I’ve publicized my New Years Resolution of bicycling every single day in 2019, but I have to admit that I’ve already missed several days–probably more than ten days.  But on this first day of my own personal spring–taking Emily’s advice–my New Year’s resolution starts THIS week.

I got dressed up in layers and took my mountain bike out for a ride in search of flora and fauna.  (I suppose a SUPER-positive-thinker would have ridden his roadie bike and worn tights and a spring jacket, but I’m more of a SENSIBLE positive-thinker.)  The sky was blue, the sun was bright, the air was crisp, and not a single flake of snow was falling.  Yes, it really was like the first day of spring.  True, the geese weren’t flying north, the robins aren’t nesting, the trees are still barren of leaves, the tulips aren’t blooming, and the ice dams on my roof aren’t melting–but hey–those are the thoughts of negative-thinkers.


Well, it IS a mountain bike.


I descended out of the mountains having seen no alpine wildflowers.  No flowers of any kind, actually.  No moss, grass or weeds either.  But flora does include trees and I saw plenty of those.  Plus, in keeping with my theme of positive-thinking, trees without leaves hardly block the view at all.


Evergreens, like this Christmas tree, always seem to be green.


As for fauna–that presented a little more of a challenge for my positivity.  There was nothing out there.  I thought sure I’d see some little birds or squirrels or some other lowly form of animal life.  I didn’t.  On the positive side though, there were no mosquitoes either.

I had given up the search when, less than a block from my home, I spotted a crow in a tree.  I ripped off my gloves, dug into my coat pocket for my phone and aimed it up into the view-blocker.  I couldn’t see the crow on my screen, but I snapped the picture and hoped for the best.


There is nothing uncommon about crows, but I like crows anyway.


Here’s a bonus fauna picture: Diggity running through the network of paths I shovel out for him after every snowstorm.


Have a great spring everybody!

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.


  1. By: Scooter Posted: March 3, 2019

    Stout fellow! And a great crow portrait! I love its contrast with the white barked birch (or aspen? I’ve never gotten down the classification here).

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 4, 2019

      I have trouble with the difference between birches and aspens too. IS there even a difference? Here in the Midwest we call them birch trees.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: March 4, 2019

    Great pictures – and so glad I’m not there! I’m happy to ride my bike in the rain. That’s positive thinking, too.

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 4, 2019

      Rain can be a special challenge too–especially at this time of year.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2019

    Here on the 1st of March it was the first day of Autumn so technically it was the first day of Spring for you guys in the north. However I think in the USA you measure your seasons from the solstice. By the way I think it’s time for Pope Gregory the Naïve from the Church of the Great Outdoors to bless our sporting teams (The Minnesota Twins and West Coast Eagles). The Eagles require another premiership…thanks.

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 6, 2019

      Bless you, my son. And bless Liam Ryan and Jake Waterman and Dom Sheed and Brad Sheppard and Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo and Chris Masten and Jack Redden and Nick Naitanui and Luke Shuey and Tom Hickey and Nathan Vardy and Hamish Brayshaw and Shannon Hurn and Josh Rotham and Willie Rioli and Josh Kennedy and Jeremy McGovern and Jarrod Brander and Liam Duggan and Lewis Jetta and Jack Petrucelle and Oscar Allen and Jamie Cripps and Dom Sheed and any other fine players I might have missed. May you all once again be the supreme champions of the Australian Football League and followers of the Church of the Great Outdoors.

      Sincerely, Pope Gregory

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2019

        Don’t forget the reserves team and women’s team too… Ha Ha

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: March 7, 2019

    Looks like a beautiful ‘spring’ day… actually that does look nice since I didn’t have to shovel it every few days. I think I would dread the melting of all that the most. That is gonna be some soggy ground for awhile once your temps finally start warming up!

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 7, 2019

      Yes, the big fear around here is that we’re going to get a sudden warm-up and all the snow is going to melt too quickly which, of course, means flooded streets, flooded rivers and flooded basements. I think I better make sure my homeowner’s insurance is up to date.

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