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Spring flowers

Yellow in a sea of green.

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.

~ Theodore Roethke

First butterfly I’ve seen this season.

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.

Tiny daffodils and blades of grass.

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.

Supported.

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.

Eastern ratsnake.

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.

Three of five.

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.

Peonies rising above the grass.

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.  🙂

Carpet of blue and green.

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.

Budding maple.

Happy Easter/Passover!

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

24 thoughts on “Spring flowers

  1. Spring has sprung where you are by the looks of things. Love all the flowers! Things here are moving along, today was 52, which believe me, is warm to us! The small bulbs are popping through, like little Easter surprises in the lawn. 🙂 Happy Easter to you!

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    1. Spring is kind of off and on this year, Frank. I was just looking at the forecast for next week and there’s the possibility of snow. Lots of wind, too, making me wonder if they think we’re going to have another nor’easter.

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  2. It’s feeling like spring here, which can’t come too early for me. I’d consider Susannah’s April challenge – it looks interesting – but I will be gone for nearly two weeks right in the middle of the month, so probably not. This is my daughter’s last year of teaching in Thailand so I am going to go spend her spring break with her on a Thai beach.

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  3. Wonderful post. I felt like I was there. I love your reasons to be happy. There are so many each day, and it is a great habit to list them.

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  4. Robin, I am admiring your flowers abloomin’. (Trying not to be envious or jealous, although that might be the case come the first of May.) Went over and looked at that photo challenge. It would be interesting to participate. We’ll see if the proper inspiration takes over. Happy Easter!

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    1. How wonderful, Dawn! I know you prefer warmer weather. We’re still a little on the side of late winter/early spring here. It’s in the upper 40’s and cloudy. I think they are (or were) getting snow north of us.

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  5. Love your camera trips right down to the peonies flushing the grass – its hard to photograph daffodils – somehow the yellows fizzle out for me so these are especially impressive.
    p.s. Am tempted now by the April Love – will see what I have to play with

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  6. Happy Spring, Robin! Thank you for the reminder to get outside as much and as often as possible! With so much to do all the time, it’s easy to get lost in a task list and forget to literally stop and smell the flowers 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! xoxo

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  7. Our spring has been up and down as well, and a farmer friend tells me it’s like spring used to be, in the early 70s, in North Carolina. I don’t know. But I share with you the joy and delight of daffodils after the cold season.

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    1. Thank you, Walter. 🙂 I don’t know, either, but it sure seems like some crazy swings in the weather. Snow tonight, 80’s next week.

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