“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.
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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