I've taken photos on the first of May of The View every year I've been here, and it's interesting (more like alarming) to compare them.
In this very early view, the triple stand of trees in the foreground was still intact. Sadly a storm took out one of the three, leaving the other two highly unstable. So, I had to have them all cut down.
The remains of the stand of trees from the prior year are visible in the foreground. The stump in the background at far right was a tree that had died long before I arrived.
2016 marked a notable increase in greenery.
2017 continued the trend of the prior year.
It would appear that spring was arriving sooner each year, except that 2018's long, miserable winter made spring late. Actually, it did away with spring altogether and pushed us straight into summer, with highs in the 90s for the first week of May. Only three or four days after the above image was taken, it looked just as it had in 2017.
Shot from my living room for the first time—yay!—it's the greenest May Day I've yet seen by far.
May Day 2020 was soggy and dreary. Not quite as green as 2019, likely due to several frosts in April as well as the loss of some trees, but still greener than most.
May Day 2021 looked remarkably like any mid-summer day, and by far the greenest one I've seen. Which is unfortunate, because that means global warming isn't slowing down. This is very likely the last one of these I'll live to see, and it's okay; that I've seen any is miracle enough, and here I've enjoyed eight of them.
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