Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sweet Anticipation





On a gray morning, rain drips off and on from half-hearted clouds.  
Outside, dogwood bracts unfold to reveal tiny emerald treasures that will soon open, attracting a menagerie of pollinators.

The first blush of deep pink has appeared on red bud trees, and it looks, for the first time in years, 
like they might bloom simultaneously with the dogwoods.  
Our icy winter compressed the first side of spring, and the results could be glorious.






Male goldfinches have discarded their drab winter garb and donned bright yellow down jackets for the season...






and male bluebirds have pulled on their brightest little t-shirts.






All of that said, most of the trees are still bare except for a few oaks like the one near the house, 
which stubbornly hoards last year's dead leaves.  
They'll discard their clutter any day now, and I'll finally be able to clean out the flower bed for good.






I can't remember when we've waited this long to see toothwart and rue anemone, 
but now that they've appeared, other wildflowers are following in swift succession.  






A brief look around yesterday revealed Johnny-jump-ups, 
bluets, spring beauties, pussy toes, and dandelions.  
Verbena covers the lake shores, and henbit, the poor gardener's ground cover, decorates the town.
Service berry trees are in full flower...






 ...and wild plum blossoms exude their intoxicating fragrance.

Now the rain has stopped, and cloud curtains, blown in the breeze, part to reveal the sun. 






The sweet anticipation seems inbred
Of clover underfoot, the hum of bees
Of new leaves growing overhead
And poppies swaying in the breeze

 But in the meantime...

Life is pretty good.






Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday





Thanks to Kim Klassen, who provides fabulous free textures.
The one I used today is Just a Touch.



17 comments:

Sharon said...

Just lovely, Connie!
Spring is so infectious, isn't it? I am delighting in my first Spring in 12 years... almost enough to make one child-like. 😊
I especially love the last photo of the poppies.

Esther Joy said...

Hi from your Ozark neighbor again! Beautiful post! And yes, it has been such a long winter, but I guess it just makes us appreciate spring all the more when it finally rushes in with all its beauty! Great shots!

Sandra said...

What a beautiful series, Connie. I love the detail of that dogwood bract and those glorious poppies swaying in the breeze! The earth is awakening and astounding us with beauty in every corner!

Mama Zen said...

Such beautiful shots!

pens and needles said...

What a lovely, inspiring spring slide-show! I loved each photo, from the little birds' colorful style show to the dainty flowers unfurling. Such a pretty time in the Ozarks that I'm finding it difficult to stay inside!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous series of photos!

bailey-road.com said...

What a lovely spring preview!

Lisa Gordon said...

This is such a beautiful series, Connie.
I think I love the dogwood flowers as they are opening, just as much as I like them once they've opened. They are so full of the most amazing colors.

janiceadcock said...

Beautiful shots in beautiful country.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Connie. Wonderful post of beautiful birds flanked with amazing flower shots.

Mary Cromer said...

Connie, absolutely beautiful, always~

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful birds and lovely flowers. You images are gorgeous!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Very nice pics.. Congrats..

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

The Goldfinch is delightful! At last spring shows its head and the whole world (well, the northern hemisphere) rejoices.

Willow said...

Beautiful to see poppy swaying and goldfinch making appearances . Lovely post.

Lui said...

Oh Connie, what breathtaking clean shots and clearer thoughts. I am glad life is just as good and warm in your parts . . .

marilyn said...

Beauty all around us...look long...listen close ...breathe soft...fabulous photography. Thanks for the note on the songbird stamps.