Sunday, April 23, 2006

Beauty

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is a symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature--the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world...are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life. “ --- Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
Rains have come – and with the rain the earth has opened up her heart. The colored haze that hangs over the deciduous trees has unfolded into fresh new leaves, the grasses have lost their winter brown and turned to verdant green. Blossoms are decorating the ground and skies. We needed to go into the library – a trip which has seemed dreary and dull all winter long. Today the streets are filled with forsythia and pear blossoms. Blossoms of tulips, daffodils, and dogwood fill the flower beds around the library. The dreary browns and gray have been swept away; now the library is offering a vision of beauty as well as nurture for the mind.

27 Comments:

Blogger Lindsay said...

Yes, yes and yes!!! So glad spring has arrived in your corner of NY.

10:47 PM  
Blogger T. Beth said...

What lovely pink dogwoods! I really miss the springtime in the eastern US. It was my favorite time of year when I lived in Virginia. I could hardly wait until the school day was over, and I would then wander the woods looking for wildflowers.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

Your winter thoughts and photos have been so inspiring; then we waited with you as you anticipated spring; now life in New York state is bursting into full bloom! Joyous! Two blogs with pink dogwoods yesterday, yet I've never seen them. Our MD, CT and DC gardens and woods were filled with white and edge-pink, but never these deep pink. Lovely!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

How beautifully you have captured the color bursting transition from winter to spring. You write so lovingly of all that your eyes see.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the quote and the photos! Beautiful.

~bluepoppy

2:17 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

i love that quote by Rachel Carson who influnced my thinking years ago. Beautiful photos of your spring

5:14 PM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

Magnificent, simply magnificent and such glorious colour!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

So true. I love the flowers.

6:34 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Funny that we both were taking pics of dogwoods yesterday! Years ago we had a gorgeous deep red dogwood; sadly it died from a borer infestation.

9:16 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Oh crud. Now see... I DID comment on this, this morning! But Blogger was definitely buggy.

The colored haze that hangs over the deciduous trees has unfolded into fresh new leaves

Such lovely descriptions, Endment!

11:15 PM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

This is spring epitomised! And the little entry about the library I could relate to so well. Thank you. Just beautiful!

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Redondowriter said...

The Rachel Carson quote is an excellent one--and I bet it got used throughout the world on Earth Day. Thanks for sharing your photos and your environment. Gorgeous.

1:19 AM  
Blogger HoBess said...

I had to drop by after your comment on my blog about Spring in Napa Valley. We share a love of blooms and blossoms and, as a Midwesterner, I am used to the stages of blooms: daffodils, then tulips then iris, etc. One of my favorite things about Napa last Spring was seeing all of these things and so many more side by side! It was awe inspiring.

Have you ever thought of creating your own notecards with your photographs? Take care!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

How delicious to feel springtime surging out through your sparkling words and photos! Thank you for bringing us along with you on your trip through the blossoming world!

12:28 PM  
Blogger TDharma said...

beautiful Rachel Carson quote. So true, so true. Especially poignant for me as I have been experiencing some great wildness in nature of late.

Lovely photos, thank you.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Beautiful flowers..."Yes" Spring has come to upper michigan...even though we had snow this morning.

9:02 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

These are so lovely. My favorite is the top one. Yes, the earth is indeed opening up to the spring rains. Beautiful words.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Your world is so ALIVE! :)

11:32 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Such beautiful photos. I like the soft focus on parts of each one.

Thanks for bringing back memories of NY florals. I grew up in the Bear Mountain State Park, and I always knew it was spring when our forsythia bush flamed bright yellow. :)

7:47 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

The pink dogwood is perfection! The tulips are beautiful, too :-) There is no end to the beauty this time of year.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

such beautiful colors and verse.. thanks for sharing both.

Cindy

9:11 PM  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Hallo from Austalia! I found yr blog vis A Breath of Air ( and I am so glad I did!). Beautiful words and images. What a perfect way to start my day. We have had rain for the last two days here and after the Summer heat, the bush and garden have been tricked into new bright green growth.
I shall drop by again for some more serenity.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh Endment, this is so beautiful - words and photographs. I love your first sentence. Thank you.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

So beautiful... Thanks for sharing.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Perhaps blogger will finally let me make comments on my own blog :)

lindsay
I can't say that spring is my favorite season but this year I could scarcely wait for it to arrive!

t. beth
The pink dogwoods seem a bit like the city to me - but I do love dogwoods whatever the color.
For some reason I can't find either of your blogs anymore.

pam in tucson
glad you enjoy the pink dogwoods. Wish I could send you some.

rexroth's daughter
I am finding spring a refreshing joy this year.

bluepoppy and rain
glad you enjoy them

kerrdelune
wish you could see the entire tree... the color is truly wonderful

cynthia e. bagley
Flowers seem like a special kind of joy.


laurnhinnj
guess we must have a similar weather pattern... Dogwood and cherry are popping out all around now.

mb
glad to have you back... i do wish blogger would get its act together.

chiefbiscuit
This time the library offers a wonderful feast

redondowriter
Guess quotes may become overused but I continue to treasure this one.

hobess
there are moments when i think about how much I miss the lush green of California spring --- then I remember August :)

fI do think about doing something with graphics - but I am such a beginner....

sigrid jardin
Glad you came along --- I frequently enjoy traveling along with you :)

tdharma
hope your wildness in nature becomes tame enough to bring you joy.

jimmy
thanks so much for coming by
I am really enjoying your blog

andrea
I like that one also. Are you enjoying rain yet?

jessie
The world is alive - I am so priviledged to be able to take time to watch.

kathleen marie
You would enjoy the forsythia on Bear Mountain - it is at peak this week

nan and cindy
spring is truly beautiful this year

herhimnbryn
glad to have you drop by I will look forward to having you come by again

mary
thank you mary.

jennifer
thanks for coming by again

5:02 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

All three of those pictures are lovely but the dogwood photo is just amazing. Rachel Carsons words are food for the soul, and so are yours by the way.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

hey jim
almost missed your comment
thanks and thanks for stopping by

11:50 PM  

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