Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
~ Theodore Roethke
A couple of days ago I was sitting in meditation on the ground under the cherry tree, near the pond and the scrounger’s garden. My eyes were open and I was watching the daffodils as they shimmied and swayed with the wind in a dance that is purely spring. A butterfly stopped by and sat with me for a while. The butterfly reminded me that spring is a short season in these parts. “Don’t waste it by spending your time indoors,” the butterfly seemed to say. Of course she was right. The season of hot, humid, and biting insects will be upon us in the blink of an eye. It’s best to enjoy these lovely, fresh-air, temperate days while I can.
I stumbled across this video today. It’s Richard Feynman’s Ode to a Flower. It’s short and beautiful. That’s all I’ll say about it. If you have time, go take a look.
Everything seems to be waking up lately. Yesterday, while walking through the woods, I wondered when I would see my first snake of the season and there she was, stretched out on the branch of a fallen cedar tree, soaking in some sunlight and warmth. She was long (over five feet, I’d say) and very thin. In need of a good meal, maybe. She was also sluggish, as snakes tend to be this time of year. Snakes don’t hibernate over the winter months. They do something called brumation which is a slowing down of their metabolism. Eastern ratsnakes usually winter with other eastern ratsnakes, sometimes as many as a one hundred of them in one den or cave.
We had visitors here at the ranch today. My niece and her boyfriend happened to be in the area and they stopped by for lunch. The weather was perfect for a stroll around the ranch after we finished eating, and I enjoyed being out and about with them. Our small herd of deer, which is now up to five, stopped by just before lunch to say hello to our visitors before bounding off into the meadow/future woods.
I’m thinking about using Susannah Conway’s April Love 2018 photo prompts. It’s such a lovely list. Some of the prompts look fairly easy, and some look a little challenging. Anyone want to join me? I’m not making any commitments or promises to do them all. If it works out that way, great. If not, great. I’ll have had some fun and maybe a little creative stretch.
It’s getting close to sunset (about 30 minutes away). I think I’ll meander out to the Point or the dock. I’m not sure which way I’ll go. The decision will come when I walk out the door. Thank you for stopping by for a short walk with me today.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 601) The fall of the light and shadows in spring. 602) Spending time with my niece and her boyfriend. 603) This beautiful, breezy, spring day. 604) Lunch and laughter. 605) Sitting on the deck for a while, reading a good book and enjoying the sunshine.