My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Nothing crabby about these apple blossoms!


To say it's been a devastating week for many residents of Tornado Alley, especially in Oklahoma, would be an understatement. To say that our thoughts, support and solace are with the affected people and animals as they grieve and recover is an understatement too. 

After every storm the sun will smile.
~William R. Alger


The sun has come out, and the air is vivid with spring light...
~Byron Caldwell Smith

And to say that here in northern Wyoming the trees have awakened at last would also be an understatement, though a much happier one and for that we are grateful. Seemingly overnight, the lilacs and apple, plum and crabapple trees have burst out in colorful, fragrant blossoms. Walking the dogs down any street in town is heady stuff! Juggling three dogs (and their, uh, used hygiene paraphernalia) by myself is enough of a handful without lugging the Rebel along, but after passing this crabapple tree a block or so from our house last evening I just had to return with my camera. I'm glad I did, since most of last night and this morning we've experienced 40mph winds with gusts in excess of 55mph, so though I haven't yet been able to check, I'm sure a lot of these blossoms now litter the ground...






Can you see the heart in this last one?...

For hurting hearts any and everywhere...

Your heart has been sore wounded too. 
Dear Light, love shall cherish you, till you look again on life with happy eyes.
~Byron Caldwell Smith

17 comments:

  1. It's a sad time for those left homeless and grieving in Oklahoma. It's frightening to think that climate change could be making severe storms more frequent and typical.

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  2. It's such a sad time! A lovely tribute with gorgeous blossoms.

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    1. Thanks, Cindi! I had trouble with the light - it was overcast when I started out, but the sun came out when I reached the tree and made it too bright, especially for the photos taken from inside the tree canopy looking out. (Those were fun to take, though, the aroma was heavenly!)

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  4. What a beautiful post, Laurie. It is a very sad time for those in Oklahoma and this post was a beautiful tribute to them. Such lovely photos!

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    1. Thank you, Molly. It seems that every time we turn around, there is some disaster or tragedy to acknowledge in some way, however inadequately. I was glad those beautiful blossoms and a few quotes helped me out with this one. And I'm glad you were back home safe and sound from your trip!

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  5. This is a beautiful, healing post. Thank you. However, I believe that the fallen petals 'carpet' rather than litter the ground. I know I am quibbling, but I think that people litter and nature adorns.

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    1. Thank you, Ellie Sue! :-) You make an excellent and interesting point about using the word "carpet" vs "litter" for the petals (and I love "nature adorns"). It sent me to the dictionary, and one litter definition is "material forming a surface-covering layer, in particular... decomposing but recognizable leaves and other debris forming a layer on top of the soil..." So that would be a proper use of "litter" as a noun in my post, but as a verb, you're right - the verb's definition applies more to scattering rubbish about untidily! This is all hypothetical, mind you, as I have yet to see the tree since the wind blew so hard for the past 24 hours. But if the petals tidily fell to the ground beneath the tree, I will change "litter" to "carpet." If the wind did what I fear it did though, the petals will be scattered about willy-nilly among other debris in the gutter and elsewhere, in which case I fear that these normally "natural adornments" may qualify as "leaving a place untidy with a large number of objects laying about!" :-) I'll walk by there later today and see what we've got... though I'm hoping to see a tree still covered in flowers!

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    2. The blossoms all hung on in that wind - as intrepid as they are beautiful - but they only remained this lovely shade of pink for another day or so before turning much darker. So I'm still glad I got these photos when I did!

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  6. gosh, just loaded with blooms! thank you!

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    1. They were really abundant this year - and such a pretty shade! You're welcome! :-)

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  7. If they weren't so beautiful, I'd be screaming "pink overload"....lol! Yeah, you're about a month behind us, I think. They come and go quickly, don't they? xoxoxo

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    1. Really, we're that far behind you? They sure do come and go quickly - practically overnight, it seems. It's a shame they can't linger longer, but I guess the fruit needs time to ripen and summer comes and goes quickly too!

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  8. I missed the flowering crabs and pears back home (which we have in abundance) and here, flowering trees are sort of rare so I really enjoyed the photos but it would have been better if you'd posted the scratch and sniff variety. I bet indeed that walking among those trees is heady stuff. I would have missed the heart in the last photo so thanks for pointing that out and I really enjoyed the close-ups which were my favorites.

    I got a chuckle from your euphemism "Hygiene paraphernalia" and that you hyperlinked it. Though I knew exactly what you meant, curiousity made me clink on it. Thank you that it wasn't a link to a photo of a "used" bag!!! Clearly some of your neighbors need to learn about these things!!

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  9. I'm glad I could fill in the flowering tree gap for you with this post! And funny you should mention the scratch-n-sniff variety of photos, because that's what I talked about wishing I had on my lilacs post! :-) The heart was a little hard to see in the photo, though it really stood out in person.

    I love how you click on my links like you do, most people don't (and aren't they just missing out?) :-) LOL about my photographing a "used" bag, YUCK!! And you are so right about some of our neighbors needing to learn about these things - along with at least half the people who walk their dogs around here! It's especially annoying to find dog poo right in the middle of the walking path (happens quite often!), or right next to the poop-dumping station!!! How lazy and inconsiderate does someone have to be to allow that to happen? Ugh. We end up cleaning up after other people's dogs nearly as often as we clean up after ours.

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