The photo challenge for this week is about life’s waking after a long winter. Well, someone must have hit the SNOOZE button for Wisconsin because it’s still FREEZING up here!
I was able to see some blooms indoors at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago at the end of last month. Here’s another fern to echo Jen’s post:
I am really looking forward to the proposition of warmer days and greener landscapes. Any time. Soon. The sooner the better, really. Like…now would be good. Yeah. Until then, Northerners, this bud’s for you.
It’s still cold and snowy here in Wisconsin, and I have to do my taxes. I’m looking for a bright spot. I found a lot of them last weekend when I was in Chicago for my son’s wedding. The brightest were about family and love, but there was this other bit that was also bright and colorful — a visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory.
There are goldfinches at my feeder. I see their feathers brightening a bit each day from their winter brown to that radiant, sunny yellow I love so much. It’s only a matter of time. I will try to “possess my soul in patience”.
“Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!” – Wallace Stevens
Thank you, Jen, for quoting Stevens, one of the best at intuitive word play and surprise.
“Fresh and refresh were sitting in a boat…” (anyone remember that old joke about Pete and Repeat?) Would you believe I’ve been waiting for 20 minutes now for my computer to wake up and let me access my photo files? How many times have I hit ‘refresh’?
I have also been waiting (rather impatiently, again) for signs of spring. Finally, the temperatures got warmer last week, and I saw the first scilla siberica pop up in the garden. Can you believe something as tender as this little flower can crack through the crusty earth? What is the force behind its penetrating power?
It must be the power of Life, of change and renewal. (To see a photo essay I did recently entitled: Renewed Like An Eagle – A Spiritual Lesson from Nature, click here.) I am winter weary and ready for fresh growth. I can’t wait for more of Life bursting from the soil!
Happy Spring! May you be refreshed by the change!
I brought my camera out today on a trip to Horicon Marsh Wildlife Refuge, but I didn’t take a single picture. Spring here in Wisconsin meant barely 50 degrees, windy and overcast. Although the sight and sounds of sandhill cranes and Canada geese and red-winged blackbirds were quite satisfying, I missed the sun and wildflowers that I’ve seen by this time in previous years. *sigh* I remembered that 5 years ago on this date, Steve & I were taking a wildflower class through the McHenry County Conservation District. We learned to identify all kinds of woodland spring flowers like anemones and violets and jack-in-the-pulpit and May apples. Haven’t seen but one little anemone this year. Here she is:
Brave little Buttercup! Do tell your friends that it’s almost safe to come out. I will wait for them. 🙂