rainbows are circles
spring rains are a good time to keep an eye out for rainbows. look for rainbows whenever the the sun is behind you, and the rain is in front of you. did you know that all rainbows are circular? it’s just that the horizon interrupts the full circle so we only see part of an arc. i just learned that! people in airplanes can occasionally see full circle rainbows. i went down the rabbit hole of rainbow optics today. i’ve included the quote below which best tries to explain the phenomenon simply. anyway, this circle of winter weeds stems reminds me of both rainbows and rabbit holes. two of my favorite spring things.
p.s. “Rainbows don’t exist! They are nowhere in space. You cannot touch them or drive around them. They are a collection of rays from glinting raindrops that happen to reach our eyes. Raindrops glint rainbow rays at an angle of 42 degrees from the point directly opposite the sun. All the drops glinting the rainbow are on the surface of a cone with its point at your eye. They can be near and far. Other drops not on the cone also glint sunlight into rainbow colors but their rays do not reach our eyes. We only see those on the cone. When you look down the cone you see a circle. So rainbows are circles!”
good news, bad news
i feel like i should explain that i have been a wee distracted lately. the 1.5 meters of snow that fell on us in february is now melting quickly. that is the good news. but the ground is still frozen solid, so there is nowhere for the water to get absorbed. that is the bad news. so, in our specific case, it means it is running to low ground and has found its way into our basement. so for several days, i have been trying to divert melt water away from the house, and vacuum up was does come in. in other words, STILL has been a bit of an afterthought. and yet these clematis vine bits on my studio table caught my attention today.
vernal equinox eve
i am gathering bits of ribbon in anticipation of celebrating the vernal equinox. here at the 45th parallel, the equinox places us briefly at the center of everything. halfway between the lightest and darkest days of the year. halfway between the equator and north pole. light, dark. north, south. hot, cold. everything will be in balance here tomorrow. for one day.
wild iris leaves
i’m curious why some leaves hold their color in winter while others don’t. these stems sticking out through the snow look like late september to me–the time of goldenrod and yellow daisies. it certainly doesn’t say mid-march. why so sturdy? why so golden yellow?
unidentified winter leaves (possibly milkweed)
these bulbs produced paper-white narcissus flowers. now they appear to be producing crepe-paper ribbonry. i wonder what kind of paper they will make next. airplanes? napkins? plates? trails? news? tiger? wax? money? fly? graph? parchment? towels?
paperwhite bulbs and spent blooms