Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Life lesson from a Quince

It never ceases to amaze me--the resiliency of nature.
That trees, stressed in last summer's drought to the point of dropping leaves much ahead of fall, can rebound with such force.
And fill their branches with hundreds of wildly blooming flowers, plump and luscious.
When I wondered if they'd return at all.

And I find another lesson in wondering how this can be.

Wait and worry not in the trying times.
Conserve your energy.
For next season, there will be opportunity.
Be ready.
Flower wildly.



Autumn Olive
(Invasive in Ohio)

Tatarian (?) Honeysuckle
(Invasive in Ohio)

Flowering Quince

Thanks to Mrs. Nesbit for hosting ABC Wednesday!

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The Birdlady said...

Very beautiful! Such perfection nature brings us.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I went out today to take similar shots as these but my batteries ran out... no problen thought I as I carry a spare set.. it helps if I remember to charge the spares though:O(
Still I've got your loverly captures to look at.

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely photos and very sound advice.

I have been amazed at what I believe to be the most lovely spring in a long time. It is especially amazing considering last year's "Easter freeze" followed by the worst summer drought in history. If plants were human, more of them would have just given up. We should all learn something from that.

Mary said...

Beautiful pictures and a great lesson!

Mary said...


I'm amazed, too. I never thought spring would burst forth in such color after the crippling drought.

Love the flowering Quince!


RuneE said...

Very lovely flowers - and photos!

I see I have to take some courses.

Petunia said...

Very beautiful pictures:) and thank you for the lesson!

ellen b said...

Oh so beautiful every shot!! Have a wonderful week enjoying nature around you :)

John said...

Lovely flower shots!

Crayons said...

Hi Nina,
This post touched me on several levels. The photo constellations are beautiful. I love reviewing the names of trees. I continue to enjoy your nature blog that emphasizes the communication between nature and humans. Finally, the underlying metaphor spoke to my current state of employment drought. I feel like I'll never get a job again, but this post gives me a spark of hope. Thanks for all of this.

imac said...

Beautiful flowers and photos, you cant beat Nature for photos.

Pop over to see my Q post and the Bluebells.

Berit said...

Beautiful!!! Thank you!

leslie said...

Thoughtful post. Reminds me of when I was teaching and I asked the class if trees actually die in the winter? And how they could find out? And why or why not? etc. etc.

photowannabe said...

A wonderful lesson from the Quince. Nice pictures and great choice.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh gosh, such perfect images... I am in awe of your photography... very pretty!!
Rocky Mountain Retreat

Paulie said...

Quite the beautiful post! Come and see mine.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos. We have Autumn Olives bordering our yard and just love them. Good post.

Wendy said...

What a beautiful post! Your photos are gorgeous and message simply inspiring.
I needed this lesson at this time.
Thank you.

Texas Travelers said...

Beautiful post.
Well done
Thanks for sharing.

Come visit my Quadruped,

me and my camera said...

Lovely blossoms! A preview of what will be happening soon in our more northern region.

Neva said...

What lovely flowers....it is slowly happening here....spring!
Mine is up and running.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful images. My quince blooms in February and is long gone. So lovely to see it again.

kathy b

Kelly said...

These were absolutely beautiful!

Toni said...

Beautiful post and photos.

Picturing of Life said...

all beautiful...

Will you visit mine Thanks

ArneA said...

Learned a new word today - Quince!
Your examples helped
Thought you meant 15 in Spanish

mrsnesbitt said...

I remember asking about Quince the first time i heard the owl and the Pussycat!

'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Wonderful shots.

babooshka said...

Beautiful images.

nina said...

Isn't it interesting how many of us look at nature for comfort in our lives' trials.
I don't really plunge into the thoughts that often, but I think that if I spent as much time thinking as I do looking, I would be better for it.
The lessons are always true.

Jonna said...

Nature is so resilient. Your photos are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

So many´colourful pictures! Love the Quince, my neigbour had one. And she made jam of the fruits. Nice post today.

Janet said...

What beautiful flowers and trees. Very nice choice for Q.

Powell River Books said...

Beautiful flowering quince. I chose to use nearby Quadra Island for Q. It is a fun vacation destination that you can see by clicking here. – Margy

Patty said...

Beautiful photos!