Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Six months ago today…

“I took a day to search for God,
And found Him not; but as I trod,

By rocky ledge, through woods untamed,
Just where one scarlet lily flamed,

I saw His footprint in the sod.”

~William Bliss Carman

We came across these Wood Lilies clustered in a grassy area at the summit of Sargent Mtn. in Maine, 6 months ago today.
They’re the native lilies, not like the invasive Daylilies that crowd our ditches—and they bloom with their faces upward. In many areas, they’re threatened, but on this mountaintop they’ve remained safe.
Like beacons, they bloom, magnificent in the bright sunshine.

As the rain pelts my window, another gray day is forecast for tomorrow.
But, I recall wood lilies and granite.
I know what it feels like to be on top of the world.

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Peggy said...

Hi Nina,

Nice photos and text here! Glad I found you, I'll be back.


Chris said...

Love the poem and the pictures, makes me yearn for spring!

Island Rambles Blog said...

I love the writings and the beautiful pictures Nina, I have been lurking out here at your site...thanks for the link...cheers.

kate said...

This is a good anniversary to be celebrating ... the Wood Lilies are beautiful (the orange one is our provincial emblem).

The Bliss Carman poem was one that we had to memorise in grade school. The words are beautiful.

Threadspider said...

Have you ever wondered if the discovered natural treasure-in this case the Wood lily- prompts the poem to come to mind, or the poem seeks out the treasure? Such a beautiful lily, new to me.Thank you for a lovely post.

Selma said...

To find such beauty in the wild - pure pleasure. Sigh.

Ruth said...

I am just catching up on some blog reading and have found your recent posts so inspiring, lifting my January spirits.

Anvilcloud said...

I understand. I came across a small alpine flower at the top of a mountain in Jasper.

Kerri said...

Oh Nina....Absolutely beautiful verse.....and the lilies are gorgeous! You have made my DAY!

Autumn said...

Beautiful, the pictures and the writing. As I read your entries, I feel ashamed to be so negative about the winter snow here. I love nature in all it's forms, and should learn to admire the gifts that winter brings.

Diane said...

we see the wood lily up here, mostly in ditches. With so much farming and oilfield activity the wild meadows are few and far between where they were once seen. Up in our neck of hte woods they tend to bloom in June.

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Mary said...

Thanks for the lift, Nina. January is done. One more month to go...

nina said...

Peggy--Thanks, you're welcome back any time--I love visitors

Chris--not yet, not yet--one more good storm!

island rambles--lurk any time--just glad to know you're enjoying it

Kate--I'd never heard it before--it seemed so perfect (and lovely)

threadspider--that poem seemed to capture my experience perfectly--it was a lovely place

selma--and to think--they're scarce around here, struggling for "their" space

Ruth--glad to help--I find it's easier with pretty and bright flowers!!

Anvil cloud--Jasper's WILD--and those alpine flowers have such strength in their tiny packaging

Kerri--glad to cheer!

Autumn--winter is hard for so many--so long and cold, and beautiful (glad this flower warmed you)

Diane--so lucky to live where they are--preserve them

Mary--yes--1 month (and snow and drizzle all weekend)

Marvin said...

It is a beautiful flower. Too bad I'm just a tad out of it's range.

Sandpiper said...

Beautiful writing and pictures. Before I even read this, the pictures reminded me of Acadia NP. It's one of my favorite places! I have family in that area, too.

nina said...

Marvin--I'm sure there are many other beauties down in your area!

sandpiper--Acadia's our favorite place to vacation--nothing compares to the combination of experiences if offers!

Sandpiper said...

I agree! It's so beautiful. Nearby Petit Manan NWR is great, too. I want to get there at the right time of year to see the breeding colony of puffins someday.