Monday, April 19, 2010

Ozark Spring Wildflowers



Bird's Foot Violet

Spring Beauty

After what seemed like a long winter, a wash of green is flowing over the landscape from the ground up. The first wildflowers showed up last month; the delicate Harbinger of Spring, then one Toothwart in its customary spot by the big oak tree on the forest edge. The next day it had disappeared, probably into the stomach of a hungry rabbit. 

After a few days of futile search, I found two more on the hillside above the pond, followed by Rue Anemone, and soon a whole patch of them was bobbing in the breeze. Now, just a month after the first sightings, new blossoms appear every day in rapid succession, their names as colorful as they are: Small Bluets, Johnny-Jump-Up, Bird's Foot Violet, Spring Beauty, Buttercups, Wild Sweet William, and the ubiquitous Dandelion.

Long ago, God made a promise to Noah, and He hasn't forgotten it:
"As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, 
day and night
will never cease."
Genesis 8:22 

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