Camera in one hand and dog leash in the other, I went for a walk hoping to see some woodland flowers along the roadside.
At first all I saw were mats and mats of decomposing leaves.
After this past winter…that was no surprise.
But…remember I wanted very much to see some sweet woodland flowers proclaiming, “It’s spring!”
As we walked along, squinting into the sunshine, hope ran high in my heart.
I was not disappointed.
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I doubt that most people would see anything besides the twenty shades of brown, beneath the thirty tones of gray trees.
My heart needed to see those first woodland flowers of spring.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
― Henri Matisse
Maybe that is it. I wanted to see them and so I could. I sometimes think I can see flowers where others cannot.
Years ago, we made a routine drive between two cities. My husband would point out hawks to me. Over time, I was able to join in spotting them and pointing them out to him, too. And I was able to discern a hawk from a falcon as well. It took training my eye.
Over the years, I have learned to carefully scan the roadsides and the meadows and the woodlands, hoping to find flowers. And maybe hawks. Usually I get the prize!
Sometimes they are hard to see at first. But, I keep looking. It’s as if my eyes start to focus in a whole new way. And once they are focused on flowers, I start to see them in all kinds of spots. It’s such a joyful discovery for me.
The majority of flowers I spied this time were from the geranium family. In all shades of white, lavender, and pink. And then there was the lone yellow buttercup which I featured above as a FREE Printable.
What is spring without violets?
May apples have exploded from their winter resting place, unfurling their leaves like little umbrellas, under which they are hiding tiny little green buds. I’ll be watching for them to spring into bloom soon too.
As I walked by water area, I thought maybe I would see some turtles sunning themselves. But, to my surprise, I saw this!
That sleepy countryside where I was exploring was rumbled awake by the sound of farm machinery. I turned from my spot below the road way and snapped a photo.
And another photo of my borrowed walking companion for today…though he really is much more handsome than he appears here.
Have you trained your eyes to see the hidden flowers and other beauties of nature?
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