Sunday, April 11, 2010
I want to share with you the wildflower walk I took today. I think it will take more than 1 blog, so if you enjoy the walk, please watch for my second blog. We did get some clouds today, so I have another altocumulus cloud photo to add to my cloud journal.
As you can see, it was another exquisite day in Ohio!
As I had hoped to, I was able to take a walk in the nature preserve this afternoon. Last year, I timed it wrong and missed the early spring blooms, but this year, I hit it just right. Many of my favorite wildflowers were in bloom; I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
One of the flowers I was really hoping not to miss was the giant trillium - they are so beautiful!
This is its humbler cousin, the toad trillium, which I am also very fond of.
This is a cut leaf toothwort, which as positively gleaming in the sun today.
I love the way the Virginia bluebells can grow so precipitously along the rocky outcroppings.
Another flower that I was very happy not to have missed is the hepatica. They have tiny blooms and tuck themselves in so you have to watch for them.
The marsh marigold adds brilliant splashes of yellow to the woodland floor.
The sweet yellow violet adds it's bright color in little sparks instead of the blanket of color offered by the marsh marigold.
The Dutchman's britches bloom in graceful arcs.
They squeeze into nooks and crannies, rocky ledges, tree roots, their delicate flowers brighten any part of the woods.
The bell worts offer a subtle touch of yellow.
The trout lilies are almost at the end of their blooming season, so I was very happy to find some still in bloom.
If you have enjoyed these, watch for my next Spring Walk blog.
This has been a very satisfying and inspirational day for me.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Oh, I forgot - I'm a school teacher!
My domestic help are my trees, flowers, vegetables, birds, deer, coyotes - all of the things around me that bring joy to my life. "Coyotes?" you say? I love to hear them sing at night. They run along the creek banks yodeling. They are, however, the reason I needed a more secure chicken coop before getting the babies.
Yesterday was wildflower day, so today, it is the domestic help:
Redbud blossoms against a perfect sky
And yet another
On a more serene note, this is my granddaughter, Lilee's, memorial tree. Below is a detail of the buds.
Below her tree is a lily garden, and close by is my meditation garden with water lilies. The water garden photo is from last year.
I look forward to spending time in my meditation garden this summer.
Have a very lovely Saturday. Find time to enjoy friends and family, take in the world around you, play, laugh, and breathe in spring.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Well, a most magnificently blue sky dappled with altocumulus clouds. The wind is blowing clod today, but it has been impossible to stay inside any longer than necessary. It is an exquisitely beautiful day.
My walk revealed an array of wildflowers emerging from the rich loamy soil of the woods.
Pale, almost white, violets are up..
Dark violet violets are up..
Spring beauties are up...
Trout lilies are up..
May apples are up..
Solomon's seal is up..
Wild ginger is up..
Ramps are up..
Green dragons are up..
My mood is up...
The clouds and sky inspired and motivated me today. I think I may start a cloud and bloom journal, at least for a while. Perhaps because the winter sky was relentlessly gray with looming, dark, low slung clouds I am so enthralled with the drama of the changes of cloud formations and the different hues and depths of color of the sky.
Hidden under the snow accumulations, protected by the insulating thick blanket of snow, the first flowers lay dormant, waiting for just such changes in the weather. It is so gratifying to see my old friends emerge each spring. I have been watching for my jack-in-the-pulpits and the first fronds of the woodland ferns, but they are still waiting for the perfect conditions for them.
I also took photographs of the first buds of the flowering trees and of some of the narcissus gracing the borders. They will have to have their own page though.
I am looking forward to having time to walk in the nature preserve this weekend, to relaxing, to getting my hands into the vegetable garden dirt, and to having time to play music.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
The babies are really growing! They are really feathering out; it is now so easy to tell the barred rocks from the australorps as the barred rocks are developing distinctive striping. Denty is an australorp hen - I am so happy that she is a girl!
One of the barred rock babies.
Denty - the little chick that hatched from the egg that almost didn't make it.
The student concert went very well. The children were exuberant, and the parents delighted. The parent who emailed me wondering if her child was required to come, arrived right on time with her child and had a ball. All of their research reports and projects (which were really cool) were on display in the hall, so parents had a great time looking over the results of everyone's hard work after the concert. It was a very pleasant evening.
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I have been hectically busy, so it's been hard to get in all of my exercise routines. However, I have been getting in my 10,000 steps, and sometimes more that that each day. I have been enjoying my long walks with Stella in the morning before work, one when I get home, and our evening walks together. This evening, it was a bit chilly after being unseasonably hot for the past week, but the evening was lovely nonetheless.
Really, the beauty around me can take my breath away. It is hard to stay fixed on daily irritations when put in the perspective of the grander scheme of things. I love my walks for that more than any other benefits - they are a moving meditation. They center me and offer balance to the busy 'noise' of the day and of my mind.
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