Saturday, March 5, 2011
It's been spring in Korea for a month now and of the last couple of weeks, it's actually started feeling like it.
Spring sweeps over the peninsula like a long breath, starting in the southern islands and eventually reaching us here, close to the North/South border.
The news last night was showing the first plum blossoms of the season in Seogwipo, on the south coast of semi-tropical Jeju. In Jirisan, They've been harvesting buds for plum-blossom tea for a couple of weeks now.
Here in Bundang, signs of Spring are considerably more subtle, but of the past few weeks, we've seen these colourful little ducks paddling through Tancheon, the stream that the city flows beside. I wasn't able to identify their species, but they're similar to Mandarin ducks, minus the flare! They'll stay a few more weeks, then continue north, having done their work announcing to those of us paying attention that Spring is here!