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Vernal Equinox (a day late)

3-20-19 hepatica IMG_7248
And Spring arose on the garden fair,

Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;

And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast

rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”

(Photo: Round-lobed Hepatica, Anemone americana)

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16 responses

  1. Lovely!

    March 21, 2019 at 8:29 am

  2. Evergreen Erb

    What a gorgeous photo of the hepatica. It was lovely meeting you in Bryan’s class. Hopefully, we will meet again.

    March 21, 2019 at 8:34 am

  3. Linda Aaron

    What a beautiful post. Thank you.

    March 21, 2019 at 8:40 am

  4. jflane2014

    Mary: I can face reading my email knowing your postings might be there and you will return my thoughts to the “ordinary” miracles around us, and keep my eyes open for the natural world, where ever it find’s space among this human created world. I try to pass that gift on. Thank you. J Lane

    March 21, 2019 at 8:44 am

  5. A beautiful entry to spring. Thanks so much Mary.

    March 21, 2019 at 8:47 am

  6. Alice Pratt

    Happy Spring to you, Mary! A beautiful verse, accompanied by a glowing lilac flower…just perfect!

    March 21, 2019 at 9:02 am

  7. Alice Pratt

    It looks like a cross between a Buttercup and a Star of Bethlehem.

    March 21, 2019 at 9:09 am

  8. Stunning photo! Thanks, and thanks too, to Shelley!


    March 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

  9. Phyllis Katz

    Lovely! poem and picture. Thank you!

    March 21, 2019 at 9:22 am

  10. Kathie Fiveash

    O sweet spontaneous

    by: E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)

    O sweet spontaneous
    earth how often have

    fingers of
    prurient philosophers pinched

    , has the naughty thumb
    of science prodded

    beauty .how
    often have religions taken
    thee upon their scraggy knees
    squeezing and

    buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive

    to the incomparable
    couch of death thy

    thou answerest

    them only with


    March 21, 2019 at 9:35 am

  11. What an exquisite photo, and the perfect poem. Thank you.

    March 21, 2019 at 9:39 am

  12. Lynn

    That photo is just the breath of spring I needed to see. Such glorious color! Thank you for this photo and the other beautiful ones you post.

    March 21, 2019 at 10:19 am

  13. Viola

    GEORGEOUS… it set my heart a’flutter

    March 21, 2019 at 11:23 am

  14. Bill on the hill

    You are forgiven Mary. The beautiful blossoms & the poem have redeemed you. Lol!

    March 21, 2019 at 2:16 pm

  15. Laura

    How lovely a reminder of what is around the corner. Thank you.

    March 21, 2019 at 8:52 pm

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