This summer’s weather is our reward for last winter.
A lazy, casual Friday set the scene for an equally gorgeous Saturday. Compo Beach was fairly empty this morning, but ready for a very active weekend.
Sunday may bring thunderstorms. Right now though, we’re taking it one glorious day at a time.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard paid a visit. Hopefully, it was just to enjoy the beauty and serenity of a perfect Friday in Westport.
Some people might see this as a perfect summer afternoon: relaxing at the plaza by Saugatuck Sweets.
Others might see the cellphone and the I-95 bridge.
What do you think? Is the ice cream cone half empty, or half full?
Photo — and headline — of today’s brief but intense thunderstorm, courtesy of alert “06880” reader Jim Hardy:
Meanwhile, a couple of miles away, Patricia McMahon captured this scene at Compo Beach:
Storm clouds gathered over Old Mill Beach late this afternoon — and Patricia McMahon snapped this dramatic photo.
An hour — and an inch of rain later — the sun was back out.
Click on or hover over this gorgeous photo to enlarge.
Definitely, the forsythia look fantastic. For sure, the cherry blossoms are spectacular.
But it’s not only flowers and trees that make a Westport spring so special.
Yesterday — near Indian River Green, just south of the train station on Saugatuck Avenue — alert “06880” reader Scott Singer spotted a couple of beautiful birds.
“A seemingly boring little pond by the side of the road has turned into an Audubon Society member’s dream (I am not one, but I own one of their books),” he writes.
“The amazing treasures of Westport are all around, if we simply take a moment to look closely.”
Common grackle. (Photos/Scott Singer)
After a gorgeous start, Westport’s skies turned menacing this afternoon.
Alert “06880” reader Matt Murray was at Compo Beach, just before a brief but gusty storm rolled in.
Jalna Jaeger always knew about Ostereierbaum — the German tradition of decorating trees and bushes with Easter eggs.
Eight years ago, the 1971 Staples High School graduate decorated a tree on her Norwalk property: 3 East Avenue, not far from Stew Leonard’s.
She had a few hundred eggs. But it’s a large tree, and it needed more.
Jalna googled “egg tree.” She saw a German tree, with real eggs. Lots of them — 10,000, in fact.
Jalna ordered 800 eggs online. It took a long time to string them. But she loved the vibrant, colorful look.
Jalna Jaeger’s egg tree, on Thursday.
Every year, Jalna adds eggs. This year, there are 100 more.
Her entire family helps. Her husband holds the ladder. She climbs. Now she needs a higher ladder.
East Avenue is a very public street. People often stop and thank Jalna for her tree. They say it cheers them up. The tree has even gotten some fan mail.
Today, hundreds of crocuses are blooming under the tree. It’s a perfect way for everyone — of all faiths, or none – to celebrate Easter, and the arrival of spring.