I had forgotten how colourful the spring could be. I’m not talking about the greening of the grass, or the blooming of the daffodils or the tulips in all their different hews. Nor am I even referring to the many different kinds of fruit trees boasting their blossoms in full glory. What caught me off guard was variety of colour displayed in the hardwood and broadleaf trees. It’s almost like whispering a fall preview of what’s to come. Whereas October and November might display hard yellows, brilliant oranges, and deep reds, this season of spring has revealed soft pastels like see-through sheers comfortably hanging on branches and trunks. Trees come to life with seeds and the seeds are different colours than the leaves. Some are tightly black balls wrapped up, and others come out in maroon or deep royal reds. I saw one tree with all its light green leaves unwrapped with strings of yellow seed in front. Some trees had dark green leaves with red seeds and yellow helicopter seeds growing to take flight. With the coolness of this year’s spring and the growth being steady and slow, we’ve still been able to see through the trees, creating a transparent like film. Within weeks, if not days, solid green leaves will dominate the landscape, hiding squirrels and birds and wildlife and dead foliage underneath. But this season of spring exposes a tenderness and gentleness that comes with the unfolding of new life. It’s not that much unlike the giddiness and joy that is discovered in dating, or drinking from the well of freedom and grace. It’s the season of spring, and in all of its multifaceted colour, new life abounds.