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“Any Day Now…”

“Any Day Now...”

“Nature knows. Nature understands the cycles and adjusts.” – Ed Lehming

I was out last Sunday, Mothers Day, hoping to see even one or two open White Trilliums, that was not to be on that chilly, sleet filled day. It felt more like March than May and was in sharp contrast to the previous Sunday which was mild and sunny. Last week was filled with so much promise and so many spring flowers had begun to bloom as trilliums sat seemingly ready to open too.

If I pay attention, really pay attention, to the natural signs around me, I know there will be a delay, regardless of what I hope for and how nice a particular day may seem. The ferns are still in tight ‘knuckles’, not yet at the fiddlehead stage, and trees were in bud, but not leafing out yet. It’s a sure sign that frosty days are still coming, as these plants would be susceptible to frost damage of they opened too soon. Yes, the cycles continue, but the timing varies, nature knows and plants will not rush to open, knowing they will sustain irreparable damage. We as humans can learn a lot from them if we actually pay attention.

That said, the trilliums really are set to open soon. I this image the petals of the flower are clearly visible, but still tightly bundled to protect the petals from frost damage. I’ve suer they will fairly explode in the next few days as the temperatures warm up and remain warm, even overnight.

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

1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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“Bloodroot’s Spring Gift”

“Bloodroot’s Spring Gift”

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

In these uncertain times, the Tolkien quote resonates with me. There are so many things that are fair, and there are more and more every day. I’m making it my habit to actively seek them out.

Yesterday, I finally ventured back onto the local trail because they bring me joy and refresh me. They are infrequently travelled and allow lots of space if a fellow hiker happens to pass by. My purpose, aside from just getting outdoors is exactly what Tolkien alludes to; the quest for signs of beauty and renewal.

From my many years outdoors, I know the cycles of spring and which plants flower at specific times. Bloodroot is usually among the first to bloom, preceded by Coltsfoot. I was a bit disappointed as I scanned the forest floor hopefully. I saw many Bloodroots emerged from the dry brown debris of the forest floor. Usually they are in full bloom by now. After hiking a few more kilometers I was greeted by this beauty, still tightly wrapped in its leafy shroud. yet in full bloom; just what I needed; a gift of beauty and of hope. The cycle is delayed but I know with certainty that it will continue, just as nature always does. The symbolism of a gradual ‘opening’ inspires with me as we begin looking forward to something closer to ‘normal’.

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

1/25 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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