210: Sun worshipPosted: April 21, 2011
(A robin soaking up the sun.)
I can understand it. Sun worship, that is. There has been some form of it throughout various cultures, throughout recorded history. After a long, cold, mostly cloudy winter, and a spring that has brought snow, rain, and mostly cloudy days, nothing perks things up like a day of sunshine.
Here in the Bogs we have moved from the doldrums into the light of the sun, and it is a glorious, wonderful thing. The birds are celebrating. The trees and flowers are celebrating. And I was out there celebrating. I should have been doing other things (such as proofreading), but I couldn’t resist the lure of the big ball of light up in the sky.
I danced around the purple maple tree for a little while, admiring its new buds and blossoms. I had no idea what a budding maple really looks like, not in an up close and personal way. (Click on any of the photos to see more detail in the slightly larger versions.)
Just as the catkins of the pussy willow drew me in while they were blossoming and seeding, I found myself taking numerous shots of the blossoms on the maple. They look so beautiful in the sunlight.
As far as my outdoor commitment goes, I knew I would enjoy Spring. I did not realize just how much I would enjoy it. Even with the chilly weather we’ve been having, life marches on. I almost feel as though the colder than usual spring is a gift, one that has slowed things down, giving me time to see the maples (and other trees and plants) slowly unfurl their buds into blossoms, seeds, and leaves. It’s a fascinating, awe-inspiring, process.
And just look at that sky! Isn’t it one of the prettiest shades of blue you’ve ever seen?
Today is the kind of day you have to say “Yes!” to. That’s all. Just a big, resounding, YES!
The wind is brisk and chilly, energizing and invigorating. We are normally in the 60s by now (temperature-wise). We’ll be lucky to hit 50 today. It doesn’t matter. The sun is shining down upon us.
The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love.
~ Hunkesni (Sitting Bull)
Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.
~ John Lennon
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
~ Anais Nin
I found a few violets near the bluets, almost ready to open up. I suspect they did open up and turn their open faces towards the sun sometime this afternoon. I haven’t had time to go back out and look.
I’d better get back to work. I need to make up for this morning’s joy (walk). I hope you enjoyed this sunny day in the Bogs as much as I did.