“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
~ Albert Einstein
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Looking into things, investigating, searching, finding a different perspective, shining a light through, …. sometimes it does not take imagination and fantasy so see things in strange new ways.
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
~ Dr. Seuss
“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” ~R.H. Heinlein
This is a very common butterfly in my area … it loves flowers. If I watch them flutter about, they take me to the best flowers .. although they seldom sit still long enough for me to get a nice photo. I got lucky on both counts today.
“The green grass and the happy skies
court the fluttering butterflies.” ~Terri Guillemets
While I wait for the wild iris, roses, and lady slippers to bloom I am enjoying my tame bearded irises very much. They fill a corner of my yard with a burst of color. Always dependable to bloom in abundance, they need very little care, and they are the most artistic flower I have ever seen. My camera and I took a good look inside them today.
Frilly petals, fuzzy boas, iridescent shine, luminous colors, intriguing patterns, a variety of textures and a complex form that shadows play in on a sunny day.
(Note: Below, I am trying out a new feature I found … if you click on a circle, you can see the slide show with full-sized pictures … what do you think?)
Iris, most beautiful flower,
Symbol of life, love, and light;
Found by the brook, and the meadow,
Or lofty, on arable height.
You come in such glorious colors,
In hues, the rainbow surpass;
The chart of color portrays you,
In petal, or veins, of your class.
You bloom with the first in Winter,
With the last, in the Fall, you still show;
You steal the full beauty of Springtime,
With your fragrance and sharp color glow.
Your form and beauty of flower,
An artist’s desire of full worth;
So Iris, we love you and crown you,
MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWER ON EARTH!
~ Edith Buckner Edwards
The rain this week has awakened a few small and delicate wild flowers. You need to get down low and zoom in to see the hepaticas, wood anemone and blueberry blooms. Hepaticas and anemone are about the size of the my finger tip. Not sure what the twin flower is, but I find them every year along my driveway. I can not wait for the sun to come out tomorrow so that all the new colors of the woods will pop out. It has become a jungle of green out there in just a few days.
Every year I look forward to seeing the Showy Lady Slippers growing. They are our State flower and rather rare (unless you know where to look). They bloom in late June and show-off for about 2 weeks. They are 2 to 3 times the size of the little yellow ones I had a post on a few weeks ago, although from the pictures I posted you probably can not tell.
Today’s walk was a bit wet and a little gray due to all the rain …. The first picture is a little bit different from what I usually get when I use the Lady Slippers for my photo shoot. When I got back home and looked at it … to me, it looks like the Lady is being caressed by a fern as it bends down to listen to what the young daisy has to say (my imagination showing through)
The Marsh Marigolds popped up along the sides of the country roads this week after some much-needed rain filled in those normally wet areas. The common name for them is cowslips … not very glamorous. I prefer the Marsh Marigold name because in our early very brown Spring, they bring a cheery bright yellow to the woods.