Lens-Artists Challenge: Hello, April!

For this week’s challenge, Amy sends a colorful April “Hello” from Texas and quotes Rachel Carson:

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–

the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.”

Here in Wisconsin, the temperatures are just starting to creep up into true Springtime levels. This morning, there was no frost on the ground, so the maple syrup season will start to taper off, and soon April will show off her new spring colors. Last year, we had a late snow storm that caused a major interruption in spring growth. The first brood of sandhill crane chicks on this property died, the deer ate all the tulip shoots, and my garden planting energy never really recovered. Here’s a contrasting shot of the last two years in the turkey mating season. 

I’m looking forward to seeing the forsythia bloom.

I am looking forward to seeing the first woodland wildflowers take their brief turn on the forest stage.

 

How this Spring will actually unfold, however, is uncertain. Instability in our global climate has resulted in unprecedented changes that manifest locally in more alarming ways each year. I am not sure who April will be when I meet her this year. However, I will surely observe and photograph her, and find her beautiful.

There is something infinitely healing, I believe, in accepting Nature in all her autonomy and taking responsibility for the ways we abuse her.  

 

13 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge: Hello, April!

    • I’m always so happy to see these amazing little friends emerge, and I take pictures of them every year. It’s good that my software dates them for me so that I can compare bloom dates.

  1. This is an important, meaningful and strong post. ❤

    "I am not sure who April will be when I meet her this year. However, I will surely observe and photograph her, and find her beautiful." Ahhhh! Says so much, about you and all this that we have.

    I believe in cycles. I depend on cycles. We all do. We will see soon how strong they are.

    • We do live in cycles. Comparing the differences in each revolution is how we learn about ourselves and the world around us. Thanks for visiting and commenting, friend!

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