As I have been noting in the Calendar, our weather has been anything but usual. Many places across the country are reporting similar odd weather.
We have had a mere 16 inches of snow to date, where typical snow fall by this date would be about five feet.
The days have been see-sawing between rain, snow, ice and sun. This has been a bit confusing to growing plants. The last two days it has been in the fifties by the afternoon.
But who needs blooms when the weather helps you see some of nature’s own little intricacies? Nature has been providing some really mild days to take a ‘Springtime’ walk.
I have been looking to find some interest where there generally is none. Most would say these little discards have no real interest and I would agree in a casual passing.
And probably they would be better explained with a clever caption or witty thought.
But I find the point to these images is to have no thought, to just look at the light, the form the tiny detail. To enjoy the day, no matter how seasonally unusual.
I find so many fallen logs, weathered sticks, moss-covered stones, and fallen leaves taking their turn to become the rich soil that will support new life. Some require eons of time, others a mere season.
It gets you thinking a lot about time, a lot about mortality, a lot about seasonal change, and a lot about the beauty to come. All this with no intention to think at all, well not about the little complexities of daily life anyway.
In my garden, I leave the sticks for the birds, I place the stones for the critters to stay warm, I use the poplar logs as a functional feature, and I mulch the leaves for the garden to grow strong and healthy. I have been thinking, and thinking a lot about what I do for nature. It is pretty much to pay forward what nature does for me. And that is overwhelming. I have a post coming called Nature Lasts All Year Round for the Niagara Falls Garden magazine and it is a tour in the garden to show what the garden offers wildlife and why year-round the garden is teeming with life. My garden is really tiny, but it offers quite a bit to those that visit.
More sticks, stones,leaves and logs, when nothing is blooming, you look to the weather for the interest and all that you find during any typical January, is Ordinary finds. The weather is what is not ordinary this year though.