It has been a windy week, and the snow is gone, which got me thinking…
Winds of Autumn sweep away all that depict Autumn’s special nature as trees go bald to the wind’s rhythmic passing.
The wind has the loudest and last word as it hurries the air, snapping off branches and dry twigs. Yet the wind times its wait to show itself again, secrets of beauty hidden until next season arrives. It then puts on a frosty coat to walk the runway of winter.
Announcing it’s coming at first gently, then with the strength of kings’ mighty armies it arrives ready for battle. Winter winds turn down the volume for a ride into Spring. The lion becomes a lamb. Or does it…
But as quick as the tulips bloom, Spring itself is gone with the wind. In a whirlwind of growth, summer arrives. In a short three months it too is winded away. The cycle continues.
Fall is known for the wind whipping leaves, but it happens in spring as the apple blossoms litter the ground and the tulips drop petals to the wind.
Until they find a soft bed of leaves on a sturdy branch on which to rest. Soon, we will be deep in the season of down. The wind blows and blows, moving us right along on its schedule. As the tulip bulbs warm in the ground, they wait patiently for Spring to cycle around again.
The squirrels got a tasty treat with these petals. I think they were giving me the high-five as I went inside.
The photos of the tulips were taken during high winds after the weather turned from snow to spring-like. The lily bought for a project which I finished – was photographed in that recent snow just for the unexpected seasonal contrast. The tulips from the grocery store (past prime and really cheap) were taken outside (after time spent indoors and petals starting to drop) to watch the wind break them apart like it does in Spring. They expertly played their part in my little drama…
At least until they became squirrel candy. Nothing goes to waste without at least three uses it seems.
Next Wednesday Walks, another garden to make you think of warm summers. Then Thursday, one of my photo projects gets the heave-ho and I was none too happy.