nature, photography, Virginia

1 Shot Wednesday: Backyard

Spring has exploded. The skeletal trees are filling up fast. Yesterday what was blossoming is now leafing. This is my first spring in Virginia. I am loving the grass and our backyard cows as they meander back and forth in the field behind us.

Since you enjoyed last week’s poem, here’s another. This time by Emily Dickinson.

“A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period –
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay –

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.”

The urgency. Hurry up and get an eyeful–no sooner does Spring arrive than it’s gone. I find myself staring hard at each daffodil, each dogwood. I take deep breaths of the hyacinth and the dirt and listen to the conversations of the Cardinal and Robin.

Welcome back, the color green!

34 thoughts on “1 Shot Wednesday: Backyard”

      1. No sadly, we don’t have snow, which at least would be pretty on a photo, we have tiny little icy bobbles which I think is either hail or sleet, I can never be sure if they’re the same thing or not!

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      1. ‘We don’t need no stinking badges’!
        Pretty soon day light savings arrives and we will have one more hour of sunshine.
        I remember back before out world changed, you were going to come to Mpls to do research for your novel. Yo would have come in the summer and discover for yourself why we continue to endure the winters. Our springs, summers, and falls.


    1. And like the Belle of Amherst (love that!) said “Forever is composed of nows.” πŸ™‚ Our trees started to bloom, and then the hail came and the blooms are now on the ground …


  1. Life is full of amazing coincidences. Yesterday I found a book in a Mini Library: ‘Favorite Poems by Emily Dickinson’. It’s now in my own Library.

    Still snow around here … but backyards are highly underrated.

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    1. Welcome! On my end, you are “someone”. I sense I know you. “Backyards are highly underrated”. In AZ ours was a patio. 1/2 an acre is the right size for us! Gardening is a hobby for Jim. His raised beds are ready to go.


  2. Enjoy the daffodils. We ain’t got’em around here… Neither do we have seasons. The only reminder is the (Japanese?) cherry tree in front of my window… full of tiny white flowers right now…


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