Spring is gone, and summer is here.
This became official at 12:24, or 00:24 earlier last night Eastern Time for the Northern Hemisphere.
Usually here in New Jersey, we see winter yield to spring, and then watch spring quickly yield to summer. Indeed, it normally does not take long for the milder temperatures of spring to give way to extreme temperatures going the other way.
This year, however, we actually had a full spring. Indeed, the milder temperatures stayed, and we got a lot of rainstorms, making for a lush green landscape, which felt like a blessing.
Now, summer is here, and for many, this is a reason to rejoice. Summer is enjoyable as well, but the older I get, the more I seem to appreciate the more moderate seasons of spring and fall. Fall, of course, has the changing colors, and those crisp days and cool nights. Spring, however, is when you feel the winter chill fade, and it is the season of new life and new warmth.
So, it seemed appropriate to share some pictures from the now departing spring season from here in northern New Jersey: