Like much of the country, we’ve had a mild winter and, recently, unseasonably warm weather that has ushered in an early spring.

Unlike much of the country, that means that spring is coming not just a week or two early, but about six weeks early! Last year, we didn’t have consistent temps in the 60s until May, with snow flurries on the 1st and 2nd of that month. So it’s an understatement to say that we are rejoicing to have spring-like weather on the first day of spring rather than having to wait until May Day. The photo below, of the Jefferson Monument viewed through Cherry Blossoms, captures a traditional herald of spring that is, this year, more seriously imaginable where I live. It comes from the Boston Globe’s fantastic photo-news site that rounds up great pictures from around the world on a particular topic. If you like this one, there are 44 more available at The Big Picture.

If you are enjoying warm weather, soak it up. If winter is still holding on, know that spring is on the way!

Photo credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images (on the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture)

This year marks the 100th anniversary, BTW, of the gift of the Cherry Blossoms from Japan to the United States