Posted in Natural Phenomena, tagged colors, hope, immortality, light, may, nature, Nova Scotia, reflections, spring, sunlight, Thoreau, transformation on May 21, 2010 |
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Spring sunlight bounces off the fog and onto the sea as the spruce trees watch in awe. Light shows like this don’t happen every day. In the woods, light is filtering through the mist and trees, putting on a spectacle of a different kind.
Beams of light are descending onto the forest floor further down the path. Light shining through mist or trees in a forest can often appear otherworldly or heaven-sent. This is especially so if the rays of light are separated from one another. It’s no wonder that walking towards such a light is often used as a metaphor for attaining a peaceful presence in the next life.
Spring: An experience in immortality.
~ Henry David Thoreau
In the marsh, spring light is putting its mark on every surface. Nothing is so fine it can escape its touch.
Even colors are affected. Greens appear fresher and more full of life. Pinks seem more tender and delicate. Even the sky seems a kinder blue. Nature is lighter and human nature can’t help but respond with a feeling of hope that at least for today, all things are possible.
It’s amazing how spring light can so transform the world.
The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.
~ Edwin Way Teale
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We humans are creatures of habit and the older we become, the more we appreciate that which is predictable. We learn to work around familiar limitations and establish routines that make the most of the positive. However, seasons change, both in the weather and in our daily lives. Fresh green leaves turn red as the weather cools and autumn comes knocking on the door, indicators of more changes waiting just around the corner.
Numerous events over the past couple of weeks have prevented me from posting with the same regularity as before: the birth of a second grandson with more time spent caring for his older brother; the death of my quilting group’s mentor; a new job substituting at a preschool; and final visits with my middle son prior to his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
Some changes are more welcome than others. Some are anticipated, while others come as a complete surprise. We never know what’s around the corner, only that change is imminent and part of life on the planet.
Whether good or bad, change usually brings stress and requires a period of adjustment before bearings can be found again. Nevertheless, new challenges and situations present opportunities for transformation once we dare to break free from our comfort zones. As long as we’re alive, there is potential for growth.
Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons.
~ Kahlil Gibran
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Posted in Gardening, Trees, tagged blossoms, Canada - Nova Scotia, change, love, nature, Pablo Neruda, Roy Croft, spring, transformation, Trees, weddings, wildlife on May 17, 2009 |
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I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.
~ Pablo Neruda
Spring changes everything. Trees blossom to life, flowers push out of the cold, damp ground and animals get busy finding mates and making preparations for the next generation. Even our bodies seem more at ease after rigidly holding up our shoulders during the cold winter months.
We’re changed internally too. We feel lighter, and not just from shedding extra layers of clothes. We have more energy to clean the cobwebs out of the corners of our homes and minds; we’re eager to spend more time outdoors and cheerfully look forward to warmer days ahead. Spring is in the air and we’re transformed.
For many, love is also in the air. This week I’ve been working on a wedding invitation design for a friend who’s getting married later this summer. Along with a Celtic knot, the design incorporates a phrase chosen by him and his fiancée that speaks of the transformational effect of love…
Like spring, love awakens that which is lying dormant within us and beckons us to be transformed. There is a call to action and growth… a moving up and forward into the future while also giving us enjoyment in the present moment. This is what the tree buds and our winter-weary hearts have been waiting for. Ahh… spring!
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