Thursday is the first day of Spring and the season is starting earlier than it has in more than a century.

Spring normally begins March 20 or 21, but this year the Vernal Equinox is March 19.

The Northern Hemisphere starts Springtime when it sees equal stretches of light and darkness in a day.

Spring hasn’t sprung this early since 1896.

The photos were taken by the late Jennifer Propst Miller.

Flowering Pear Tree in near full-bloom

Photos by Jennifer Propst Miller 2009

Daffodils in golden splendor

A bee already hard at work

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