Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Subtle Signs that Spring is Knocking on the Door

I've noticed a few things yesterday and today that say that spring is very near. For one there are literally hundreds of robins in the yard.

These buttercups(daffodils) will have blooms very soon.
That reminds me of a poem.

"Daffodils" (1804)

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

                            By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

This tiny little flower was growing in the field behind the house. The bloom is about the size of the head of a ten penny nail.

This is an Iris plant peeping through. I'll post pictures of them when they start blooming.

I transplanted some yellowbells last spring and I'm eager for them to bloom. This one is budding now.

This is some kind of water bug. There were several of these on the pond's surface today.

                                             That's all



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