234: Sunday SignagePosted: May 15, 2011
I haven’t done a Sunday Signage post in a while. That’s due to not having taken many photos of signs lately.
The photos were taken in Philadelphia on May 6th when we were there visiting with friend and artist Jenna Hannum. After touring her studio (which is very cool and I have to ask her about posting photos because I said, “I won’t post them on the blog,” and she said, “Post ’em on the blog if you want,” but it seems best to ask her, just in case), we walked over to a Mexican restaurant and had a delicious lunch. The day was nice enough that we could sit outside on the patio. I should have worn sunscreen, though, as I ended up with quite a sunburn on the back of my neck.
Live and learn (although I should have learned this lesson a LONG time ago).
Too much of a good thing
When I was a teenager, I read a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury called The Illustrated Man. One of the stories is “The Long Rain,” about a group of astronauts stranded on Venus where, on Ray Bradbury’s Venus, it rains and rains and rains. Continuously and heavily, it pours. The steady, unrelenting rain eventually drives some of the characters mad enough to commit suicide.
The heavy rains we have been experiencing this spring, and continue to experience, remind me of the story. I usually trust that Mother Nature knows what she’s doing when it comes to the dispersal of precipitation, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain that trust as the ground becomes so saturated that some of the trees and plants are beginning to die. They are drowning in an excess of water.
I walked around the pond for my outdoor adventures today. There are places I am unable to visit. The woods, for instance, are now part of the creek. The usual boggy areas near the cattails are merging with the pond. Water, water, everywhere.
It was not all doom and gloom out there, in spite of how I started this post. Some of the plants and flowers continue to do well enough. Not all of the tulips have lost their petals. The azaleas and phlox are still pretty in pink, albeit a little droopy.
The dandelions, violets, and tulips may be worse for wear due to the rain, but the dogwood looks beautiful, and there are ferns popping up in the woods. I have never seen that many ferns in our forest. M and I have even tried planting a few, but they didn’t grow. Obviously they are loving all the water.
The lilacs continue to bloom, although they look somewhat rusty. The holly is blooming, too. I had no idea the holly produces flowers in the spring.
I’ll leave you with a few more photos from today’s walk. Thank you for dropping by!
The interconnectedness of all life does not have to be an abstract concept. We can live it. It doesn’t matter whether we garden indoors or outdoors; we can honor our world. It is all a prayer.
~ Judith Handelsman, Growing Myself
We are members of a vast cosmic orchestra, in which each living instrument is essential to the complimentary and harmonious playing of the whole.
~ J. Allen Boone
The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.
~ Albert Schweitzer