|Daegeumsan, 2010 - Too late for blooms.|
|Daegeumsan, 2012 - Still a bit before the peak.|
|"Ummmm....yeah. You guys brought me here too early for the full effect."|
Living in Korea, and especially out in Deokpo Beach, we are able to watch the less glamorous members of the plant world as well. All of the local gardens look neat and fresh, with orderly rows of stakes and seedlings. The garlic has begun to sport its puffy purple blossoms; soon we will see it drying by the side of the road or hanging in clumps from the eaves of traditional houses. The ripe scent of fertilizer graces the infamous "stinky spot" on our running route, much to Sophie's delight. (Well, she likes to say "Stinky spot!" I don't think she likes the smell.) Right now, the rice paddies are being cleared and plowed for the spring planting. We've had a few good, soaking rains, long leisurely afternoons good for nothing but napping while the water pours down from the sky to fill the waiting rice fields.
Spring is also the season of windy afternoons and yellow dust storms bringing dust from the Chinese desert and pollution from Chinese cities. The yellow dust is foul and can force people inside when it is heavy, so I won't linger on it. But how about that? We live close enough to China that the sands of the Gobi desert can affect our lives.
In the parks and at the playgrounds, eager mothers and children swarm, enjoying the first few days of short-sleeve weather after the chilly winter. In our parking lot in the evening, a gaggle of schoolkids and toddlers run wild and pedal all manner of bicycles and tricycles while their parents chat and welcome hard-working shipbuilders and inspectors home from work.
|Enjoying the gorgeous azaleas at our apartment playground.|
Here's hoping that pleasant weather endures for a while before the steamy days of summer begin. Especially since my mom and dad will be here in two short weeks!
Someone is ready for summer!