On Wednesday this week (four days ago) the front yard was buried under 17″ of wet, heavy snow. It was nearly gone by Friday. Today was 80 degrees and – despite the heavy humidity (hello, summer) – a perfect day to celebrate the new season and the diversity of the world with the annual All Species Day in Montpelier. There were bats, cats, bugs, crustaceans, and representatives of just about every other kind snaking their way along the parade route from Hubbard Park to the State House. Then the traditional ‘birth of spring’ pageant with Mother Earth herself appearing at the top of the capitol steps, and the all-play maypole dance on the lawn. Spectacular.