Monthly Archives: April 2018

“Spring Beauty and Twig”

“Spring Beauty and Twig”

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” 
― Anne Bradstreet

As I mentioned in my previous post, the beginning of spring was more like an extended winter. It was the kind of year where you wonder if it will ever warm up, but it eventually does.

But, spring proper, has been delayed. As I walked familiar paths, it seemed like the world was still in winter’s icy clutches. A few patches of green were starting to show. Some hearty grasses and sedges gave an indication of life, yet it still felt so much like winter had just ended.

Then, I came across a grove of hardwoods and the forest floor was suddenly filled with the bright greens of wild leek plants, freshly erupted from the dull brown forest floor.. Now this was looking more familiar! If leeks were emerging, then what else?

I inspected the ground closer and, sure enough, I spotted a small patch of pink, up close to a maple tree; a small clump of Spring Beauties were blooming. Soon, I saw many more and the forest seemed alive with flowers. Which again reminded me, if you don’t look, intently, you will often miss these small treasures.

So, the 5 km. hike, simply for the sake of getting outside again, has paid off; colour is returning to the world once more and I am encouraged again to spend more time enjoying and photographing this wonderful world I live in.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm

1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100

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“Winter Hold Out”

“Winter Hold Out”

“I know it is difficult to believe in your own courage or fortitude when everything inside of you feels weak and shattered. But do not believe what you feel. You will not be easily broken.” 
― Rachel L. Schade

This has been a brutal start to spring. April, as you may have noticed from my lack of photos, has presented my with conditions that were just plain dangerous or miserable to be outdoors in.

We’ve had rain , and snow, and deep freezes. Just went the temperatures seems to be climbing, they would drop again and the world would turn a muddy gray. If found myself anxiously looking out the window, wondering of this might be the day to get out and explore.

The weather has also paid a toll on the forest vegetation. Plants that should be blooming now are not even emerged yet. And others, surprisingly, are earlier than I would have expected. Yet, that is the nature of nature, always finding ways of getting the cycle back on track. Today, I did find some surprises, which I will be posting later in the week.

Yet, the first item that caught my eye today was this  fluffy seed pod, which, despite a vast 3 day ice storm, two weeks ago, has managed to hold onto its seeds and the fluff is nicely drying, preparing to deliver the seeds to the surrounding forest floor, just as it thaws out. It amazed me how this survived, without being broken off by the elements, which seem to have flattened everything else around them.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm

1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100

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