this is 56
i hate birthdays, but not for the reason you may think. i don’t particularly mind being one year older, even when those years are climbing toward the number 60. but, as a middle child, i do hate all of the attention that comes my way on birthdays, and as a tomboy, i have almost always hated the fashion that ends up in my closet because i am “a girl.” just give me a good coffee in the morning, clean my bathroom, mow my lawn, make me a taco for dinner, and give me good conversation over a glass of wine. happy birthday to me.
wild geranium flowers (Geranium maculatum)
spring is fleeting
in the north, spring is the most fleeting of all the seasons. winter stays too long. and summer arrives early and is sometimes too intense. sandwiched in between extreme cold, and intense heat, is a fleeting few weeks of warm days and cool nights, partly cloudy skies, no stinging insects, and a profusion of color that only comes around once a year. the colors are new growth green, citrusy yellow, lilac purples, and pinks of every shade. but one heavy rain or stiff wind and the confetti falls to the sidewalk looking like colorful scraps of crepe paper
fallen apple blossoms
as i have mentioned, my daughter is home from college finishing her senior year doing distance learning. what i haven’t mentioned, is that she is taking an experimental film class this quarter and she has decided that my camera is better then hers for making video. so every day we barter about who gets the camera when. since i have a daily deadline, i usually trump her. but on the days before her weekly deadline, she trumps me. today she won. and since her final project is an ambitious one, she had my camera all day. so. i dug into recent unpublished photos and found this lilac. after claiming that the one floret i published last week was all that was needed to say “lilac”, i am a little sheepish to now present a traditional lilacs-in-abundance image. but today was about priorities. and i can recognize them when i need to.
green pea, chartreuse, celery, avocado
i did a google search to see if there is an official name for this color of yellow-green. it’s the color that dominates my world for the entire month of may. according to the warren mars color wheel, the most accurate description is green pea, with chartreuse, celery, and avocado near neighbors. i’m going on record saying i’m not excited about any of those names. i will continue to think of it as simply early spring green.
elm seeds, violets, and balsam tips
many jacks in many pulpits
now that we have cleared the overgrown understory of our local woods, we have learned that we have hundreds of jacks in their pulpits, scattered all over the forest floor, preaching their hearts out.
jack-in-the-pulpit flowers (Arisaema triphyllum)