Thursday, February 3, 2011
Can't Stop The Seasons
While we desperately try to chisel ourselves out of the ice shroud that encased us yesterday, forming over the three feet of snow we have accumulated since the first of the year, I was heartened to know the our little Groundhog friend Puxatawney Phil did not see his shadow yesterday and so proclaimed an early spring!
To lift all of our winter weary spirits, I have decided to post some photos of spring. Enjoy!
These wild roses you see in the photos above grow everywhere around here in late May and early June and fill the air with their sweet perfume. I can't get enough of them.
These look a lot like Black-eyed Susans, but are a bit different. Probably of the same family.
These in the shot below are my very favorite wildflowers of all: Bluets. When you see a patch on the newly thawed ground, you do a double-take, because they resemble left-over patches of snow. The flowers are tiny, with four petals which are white and have a slight blue tinge to them, and a deep yellow center. I have loved these tiny flowers since I was a child and found them growing in the neighborhood baseball field near my home. I can't wait to look for them in a few months.
This one below is of a flowering tree that sprung up wild in the margin between our yard and the street. I have no idea what it is. The flowers are tiny, yellow and in clusters. They have an extremely strong fragrance, similar to an Easter Lily. I know when this tree is in bloom before I see it, because the scent drifts all over the neighborhood. If anyone has an idea about what it might be, I would love to know.
This is how I plan to survive the next two months of foul weather - with memories and dreams of spring! The seasons keep turning, nothing can stop that and as bad as this winter has been, I know that spring will come and it will be even more appreciated this year than most.