Thursday, May 21, 2009

Leaf Out (SWF)

this Blue

Glidewell Trail,
Brookville Lake, Indiana

I return to woods that are full—the branches heavy, now, thick with leaves, where, just weeks ago, light barely caught on a branch, smooth and thin, waiting for spring.

Great Waterleaf, Hydrophyllum appendiculatum

Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum

The wildflowers, small and bright, bold and brassy, begging to be seen, have passed.
Knee-deep in fresh, soft growth, the long and lacy stems fill in, the softer light more kind to their quiet colors--
pale lavender, shades of purple, icy blue.

Wild Hyacinth, Camassia scilloides

Miami Mist, Phacelia purshii

Under this cover,
beneath its shade,
gossamer petals on willowy stems,
fringed faces from a carpet, watch.

Dragonfly on Dwarf Larkspur, Delphinium tricorne

And hold the sounds there, still.
Within the safety of these woods.

Scarlet Tanager, Piranga olivacea

Jack in the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

Violet Wood Sorrel, Oxalis violacea

Great Waterleaf

Wild Hyacinth

Dwarf Larkspur
(click to enlarge)

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squirrel said...

Nice photo of the Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa). They are hard to find sitting still.

Barb said...

Love the Dragonfly and the Jack in the Pulpit. So many of your wildflowers are blooming!

Arija said...

What a beautiful post! The sky is to lie down in the grass and watch drifting by and as a bonus all the beauty that the forest floor provides. Wonderful.

bobbie said...

Above and below, the blue is so beautiful! (The green too)

Ginnymo said...

Lovely post Nina! Great photos!!

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Deborah Godin said...

Beautiful flowers, and even the sky, the clouds look like wild fringed blossoms

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Gorgeous photos Nina.

Unknown said...

This is an exquisite post...beautiful words and beautiful images. Just lovely.

Kathie Brown said...

Nina, what a nice juxstaposition of sky blue sky and sky blue flowers. I get it. Lovely.

erin said...

so enjoyed the sky of blue and the shades of blue in the forest...each and every one lovely.
so lovely.
have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Lovely, above and below. This post is right up my alley, or I should say up my trail.

Pablo said...

Love that hyacinth.

poefusion said...

Hello Nina~ Love the enriching words you use to describe what you love. I always enjoy my visit here. I especially like the picture of the dragonfly on the larkspur and the scarlet tanager. Beautiful post. Have a nice weekend.

SandyCarlson said...

These are completely gorgeous.

Mary said...

So pretty, delicate, soft. Yay for the dragonfly!


giggles said...

Fabulously delicious photos!!!!!

(Have you missed your calling??!!)

Gabrielle said...

Ahhh, out here in the Rocky Mountains I sometimes miss the deciduous woodland wildflowers. Thank you for the beautiful photos. It was a very soothing and peaceful post to read.

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Kathleen said...

There is nothing like being in the woods. I love how your photos are as delicate as the flowers.

Cindie Ulreich said...

You have Jack in the Pulpit, too. I was just commenting to Ruthie J. that I've never seen one in person and I'm just down the road from Hueston Woods.