AnahataPosted: March 12, 2013 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Air, beginnings, Daily Walk, Digital Art, Earth, hiking, home, Mindfulness, music, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Today's Joys, Walking, wandering, water, winter | Tags: Anahata, Capture Your 365, Clover, daffodils, flowers, Green, Heart Chakra, Hiking, MaidinSun Photography, music, nature, Oscar Wilde, Outdoors, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Photography, pond, quotes, rain, Sanskrit, snow, Tom Waits, water, weather, winter, woods 8 Comments
Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish Poet and Playright, 1600-1681
Shamrock (or Clover) is the Capture Your 365 prompt for today, but we were also given a little wiggle room with a second choice of Green. I almost had to take it because finding a clover, any clover, was not easy. This one was sticking its little head out of the water at the edge of the pond. We had a lot of rain overnight and the pond level is above where it should be, the water spreading out on the lawn. Not that it matters. It’s all one big puddle out there today.
When I went looking for clover and green today, I wasn’t sure I would find the greens I was looking for, the greens of spring. I knew I’d find some green even at this time of year, because it’s so wet out there. The mosses and fungus are having a field day.
There are the other usual suspects for green, too: the evergreens.
It is so cold outside today that I thought I might have to resort to the evergreens, fungi, and mosses for my photo essay in green. I wanted to hurry up so I could go back inside where it’s warm. But then I started to look in the nooks and crannies, and discovered that there is some spring green to be found if you look carefully. After finding those first hints of spring green, I stopped feeling the cold and the wind, and forgot all about hurrying.
Green is the color of the Heart Chakra. The Sanskrit word for the heart chakra is Anahata. An open heart chakra is said to allow a person to feel more, love more, express more compassion, and empathize more. Because Love is my word for the year, green seems to be a good color to work with and get to know. I’m glad the prompt led me to look into it.
The world is exploding in emerald, sage, and lusty chartreuse — neon green with so much yellow in it. It is an explosive green that, if one could watch it moment by moment throughout the day, would grow in every dimension.
~ Amy Seidl, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World
The color green is said to soothe, relax, and offer a sense of renewal and harmony. There might be some truth to that. Although we are having a cold, gray wintry day, I feel quite happy (bubbly almost) and refreshed after looking at all this green.
In and around the woods, you will find lots of green if you peer in through the undergrowth. There are hundreds of daffodils popping up all over the place. I often wonder how they got there. Who planted them? How many did they start with?
I’ve never counted but I’m pretty sure there are more and more daffodils coming up in the woods every year.
The tips of a lot of the greening plants are yellow from the cold and frost we’ve had recently.
The water irises coming up around the pond are showing the most yellowing due to cold. It was because of the yellowing that I almost missed that they’re coming up, thinking the leaves I saw were from last year.
He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote laxity, if not a decadence of morals.
~ Oscar Wilde
I’ll leave you with a few more images of green and a song. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me on my hunt for spring green. It might be more difficult to find signs of spring tomorrow. We’re supposed to get lake-effect snow tonight and tomorrow. Even if the snow doesn’t accumulate to any degree, the green might go into hiding.
Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂
The music (I bet it’s not what you were thinking):
More Green songs:
- The Ray Charles version of what you were thinking (which is pretty awesome).
- Forty Shades of Green by Rosanne Cash
- Blue in Green by Miles Davis
- Early Morning Blues and Greens by The Monkees
- Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
amazing how you found so much green robin, signs of spring and life everywhere despite the grey skies … a good deep lesson 🙂
Thank you, Christine. It was surprising to me too. 🙂
I second the comment above, Robin. It’s great to discover just how much we can find when we are truly seeking. This post really resonates with me today– thank you!
You’re welcome, Dana. And thank you. 🙂
Green is so beautiful, lovely photos, Robin. Among the first plants I planted when we moved into our house were daffodils. Such wonderful messengers of spring. Finding them in the woods sounds great.
Thank you, Hanneke. 🙂
You know I love my green! 🙂 I loved the green of the white pine.
It’s such a wonderful color, isn’t it, CM? Perfect week for it, too. 🙂