“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.”
~ Dr. Henry Cloud (1956- ), American psychologist
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Maple leaves showing off their color for this first day of fall.
“Gardeners, like everyone else, live second by second and minute by minute. What we see at one particular moment is then and there before us. But there is a second way of seeing. Seeing with the eye of memory, not the eye of our anatomy, calls up days and seasons past and years gone by.”
~ Allen Lacy, The Gardener’s Eye, 1992, page 16
(Quotation source: gardendigest.com)
My mother planted white lilacs in the backyard of my childhood home. I loved them so much that I took a snippet of a bush and planted it in my own backyard some years ago. They are blooming right now and serve as a happy reminder of those carefree days that I enjoyed as a child.
Do any of you have plants that bring back happy memories?
“Behold my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”
~ Sitting Bull (1831-1890) Chief of the Lakota Sioux Nation
The Rough-legged Hawk breeds in the arctic during the summer months, but winters in the U.S. and southern Canada. I feel fortunate whenever I see one in the spring as it migrates north back through Minnesota.
This handsome bird had a partner off in the distance. I’m hoping their nesting season is a successful one!
“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
This is a male Goldfinch in his muted winter wardrobe. When he starts to transition to his bright yellow and solid black plumage, one can be assured that spring and the mating season are just around the corner.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
~Desmond Tutu (1931- ) South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop
Here are chunks of ice melting at the edge of a local pond. I have often enjoyed the way the sunshine plays with both the water and the ice at the end of winter. To me, the color and textures can be similar to the bright shine of diamonds.
I now interrupt the winter season to remind everyone of summer. Watching the news about the snowstorm on the east coast has me thinking that it may be time for a brief respite from all that white stuff!
I now return you to your regularly scheduled season.