Sturm und Drang

Sturm und drang, from the German (which also gives us such useful words as angst) literally translates as storm and urge, storm and longing, or storm and impulse. Sounds about right for this time of year, when everyone seems to be thinking that if this bloody winter doesn't end soon we're all going to tear our hair out. I mean, how depressing does the farm look without a single green thing anywhere to be seen?

Looking west.

Looking south. You can see that not all the snow has quite melted yet. In town there are still huge heaps of it, slowly rotting away in enormous piles on street corners and in parking lots. Yes, yes, I'm well aware that snow doesn't rot, but after several months of sitting around, it's filthy and spongy and certainly appears to be rotting rather than melting. At this rate, it'll still be there in July.

Henhouse, to the southeast. I know the sky looks vaguely blue, but it's not. Just gray, gray, and gray.

The worst part is the winter quiet. No bird sounds, no insects, no frogs or bugs or crickets or anything peeping or croaking or chirping. Just dead quiet. So not only does everything look gray and brown and dead, but there's not a sound in the winter air except for the sound of winter itself--which would be the wind blowing wickedly across the fields and around the dead trees and the corners of the house and barn and whatever else it can scrape its talons over. That, and the occasional passing car.

Which is the reason all anyone wants to do is hibernate.

You can wake us when it's over.


Chris said...

Oh, my! We have sunshine today, and even a few chirping birds...

Anonymous said...

We have bypassed spring and are on to summer already.

For this northern girl stuck in the south ... your pictures are a sight for sore eyes.

Gattina said...

I am fat up too ! I would like to be a bear and hibernate until spring is there ! We don't have snow but it rains and rains and rains .....

jessie said...

I'm right there with you.

Last year I blogged (on April 23, I believe) about our first morning sitting outside on the porch where we didn't freeze to death. The sun was wonderful, but the bird song was even better.

Soon. I hope I don't crack up before then.

KJ said...

OMG what did your husband do?! 14 hours of star wars?! Are we accidentally living with the same man? I am going to go poke mine now REALLY hard tell me yours screams.


Elizabeth said...

It is rather more depressing to still have quite a bit of snow on the ground. The roads are clear but the driveway is an ice rink and 90% of the property is still covered in snow. But, lots of wildlife around and some Canada Geese stopped by the pond (still frozen), which usually means spring. Do they know something we don't?
I think the barn shot looks beautiful but yes, green would be nice.