Sunday 25 May 2008

Spring slowly unfolds

It is wonderful seeing spring slowly develop. As I look across the lake, I notice many different colours. I absorb the energy and the spirit of nature: destiny unfolding, as it should. Each day, as I observe in quiet mediation, or driving by the deep forests, I noticed that the buds on the trees get larger and larger. It looks as if an artist had gone out in the night and painted more buds. The maple trees had bright red buds. The greens and yellows of the other hardwoods began to hide the homes of permanent residents, as if they were protecting them from the tourists who would soon arrive from the big city. Eventually the homes will no longer be visible. The pine trees are becoming bright green in contrast with the brown of the tree trunks. The colours are beautiful.

In Autumn, the trees proudly display their changing leaves; arrogantly bragging and showing off their striking formal dress. The varied greens, reds, and yellows of spring are more subtle than the glorious fall showing. The buds, as they develop, have much more texture with leaves in varying states of development. The few blossoms in our tough deciduous forests; crab apples, aromatic poplars, compete with trillium in the forest. It is a beautiful scene. The sun sparkles on the water with a brisk wind whipping up the waves, a fine frame for the scene. With cold nights and cool days, the black flies are merciless. The wild animals are irritated. School busses have to wait for moose to cross the road. The animals are hungry as they break their winter fast.

The sounds of nature explode with honking of geese, chirping of spring peepers, buzzing of insects. The hummingbirds have come back, too. The irritating noise of the motor boats break the calming sounds, but week days are much quieter. The boats do not scare Eddie and Eva, or Oscar and Myrtle our ducks. The blue heron has returned, as well. She is quite frightened by the sudden influx of two-legged ones. I hope for peace and harmony as we teach our city visitors how to treat nature and wildlife.


T said...

And I can only think - She must be sitting inside writing her blog and looking at the ducks! No mention of Black Flies? As I drove down past locals dressed in bee keeper outfits, jeans tucked into their socks and gloves grasping the lawn mower I thought, "And I am considering buying here???" LOL!

Jenn Jilks said...

Actually, T, she mentioned the black flies in paragraph 2! They are merciless, as 'she' said.

Life by the lake, or in the woods, or on a lawn can be terrible.