Amy’s challenge this week comes at just the right time as spring is “exploding” all around us in New Hampshire. One of the wonderful things I love about spring is it’s joyfulness. After the dreariness of winter, the bursts of color as the trees and flowers bloom seem miraculous.
Eager to welcome spring, I bought a small container pot of miniature daffodils about a week ago. Within 24 hours of bringing them home, the flowers bloomed. I was astonished at how quickly the magnificent yellow and orange flowers appeared. Their beauty is vivid, delicate and tender.
Another feature of spring is its transience. One day, I’m enjoying the apple and cherry trees in bloom and the next day, I’m watching their pink and white petals falling to the ground and carpeting the sidewalk. Speaking of cherry blossoms, here’s an image captured in Paris several years ago of a man enjoying some fresh air under a bower of pink blooms. I loved how his shirt matched the flowers.
Wisteria is a stunning spring bloom with magnificent purple petals. I couldn’t resist re-posting two of my favorite wisteria images captured at the Villa Bardini in Florence.
I’ll end my post with a poem that sums up the beauty, hopefulness, and patience of spring and its transformative power in ourselves and in nature.
Instructions on Not Giving Up Ada Limón - 1976- More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees that really gets to me. When all the shock of white and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath, the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin growing over whatever winter did to us, a return to the strange idea of continuous living despite the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then, I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.
We are sure you’ll enjoy Amy’s gorgeous wildflower post this week and we invite you to share your “colorful April” photos taken in your local area or during your travels. In your post, please use the lens-artists tag and include a link to Amy’s original post. Please join us. You always inspire and delight us!
Next week, Tina will be leading us for LAPC #144, so be sure to visit her site next Saturday at noon. In the meantime, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.