215: Look what’s blooming nowPosted: April 26, 2011
The red tulips! Yesterday there was one almost open. Today, there are a bunch of them blooming (and getting blown around by the gusty winds).
We had a beautiful red sunrise this morning to go with the red tulips. Today is one of those days where the old sailor’s warning (Red at night, sailor’s delight; red at morning, sailor’s warning) might be true. Strong to severe storms are expected sometime this afternoon and evening. Tomorrow as well.
It has been hot (near 80), humid, windy, and mostly sunny for much of the day. Clouds are moving in as I type. I went out for my walk early so I could avoid the afternoon rain and storms. It was nice to see the sun again.
There is not a dry spot to be found outdoors. It may be time to invest in some mud boots. Or an ark. The creeks are up and little ponds and lakes have formed everywhere. The ground is super saturated and there is no place for the water to go.
Would you believe I have not ridden my new bike yet? It’s true. It has rained every day since I brought it home. Even though we had sunshine today, it’s too wet and muddy.
I found this patch of cute little pink and white flowers down in the woods. I had a difficult time getting to the woods due to the mud. I slipped and fell (yes, in the mud) once. While squatting down to take a close-up of these flowers, I was bitten or stung by something. I suspect it was a deer fly. It’s the only thing around here that I react so strongly to. The bite hurts like the dickens when it happens, and I’m left with a huge, swollen welt to show for it.
Then again, perhaps it was a fairy chasing me out of the flower patch. You can’t really see it in this photo, but the flowers were growing in a circle around the old stump. There were cute little mushrooms and beautiful green mosses growing in the circle too. It’s just the kind of place you might expect to find a fairy. Beautiful and magical.
The little fairy flowers (whatever they may be — it’s possible they are “Spring Beauty” but I’m not sure) made it worth the hazardous trip into the woods. I’ve never seen them before, and had no idea they were back there. As I squished my way towards the creek, I noticed another patch of them across the water surrounding the trees.
I am finding all sorts of new (to me) life this spring. This outdoor commitment has brought me many gifts throughout the autumn and winter months. And now spring is doing the same.