Monday, April 15, 2013

Those myriad fine lines will soon be filled with leaves.
Spring is all about potential.
The natural world is fairly bursting with possibilities … for growth, blooming, blossoming change. Winter browns are making room for greens, yellows, pinks and purples. The returning colors warm my heart.
Last week I made a point of giving myself the gift of time outside. I walked to work twice (about 40 minutes each way), and hiked into the woods above our house one afternoon, just to soak it all in. Call it natural therapy.
Brown will soon give way to green.
On my Tuesday walk, which took me through a swath of woods, I looked up and noticed that the trees were still leafless, though tiny buds told me that wouldn't last long. As much as I love leaves, I also have a fondness for the silhouettes of trees in winter. I lingered at the sight of those bare branches reaching up and across the sky.
The next day I explored another patch of woods. I looked up again, this time armed with my camera, and saw so much more than bare branches. An astonishing network of thready, delicate stems arced overhead, each one home to a future leaf, a canopy nothing short of colossal.
Saturday's walk came after the rain, offering me puddles mirroring the world above. I took my time -- and lots of pictures. 
I also turned down the worries noising around in my head and tuned into the song that is spring. Birds peeped, chirped, and sometimes squawked. The sun beamed warmth, while a gentle breeze cooled my face.
        I breathed deep, and gave thanks.
The sky below my feet
An oval puddle painting


  1. I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and for you, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.


  2. You have such a way with words. Thank you for your very descriptive prose. :)

  3. So lovely and descriptive. The bare branches with their buds about ready to burst - like a promise. Look down next time and see the shadows of the silhouettes as they start to change.

    1. I'll take that as a gentle assignment. Always good to have a reminder to keep your eyes open!