A Spring Walk

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Several weekends ago, I took a lovely walk at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Not surprisingly, I came home with over 300 photos. It was so much fun! There was so much to see and marvel over.  I felt like I could oohhh and aahhh over the flowers all afternoon long.

The beautiful spring came;
when Nature resumes her loveliness,
the human soul is apt to revive also.
Harriet Ann Jacobs

It was colorful everywhere and my happiness soared just to see it all. The paths were an invitation – come walk me and see what’s here. Explore what’s new. Enjoy the present moment.

Let us decide on the route that we wish to take to pass our life,
and attempt to sow that route with flowers.
Madame du Châtelet

Colors matched and colors clashed. Flowers were tall and short, with individuality just like the many people with whom I interact. But they were all beautiful – the jumble was eye catching.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
Robin Williams

The fields of daffodils from several weeks ago have already died back, but new daffodils have taken their place. These were quite different though – double blooms, white on white, and a flat faced one.

I thought of how quickly this year is going already. It seems only a few days ago that I was blogging about my accomplishments last year and my goals for 2012. Like the days of our lives, the daffodils are also coming and going quickly. By the time I return, these will be gone also and replaced by something else.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
 They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

Of course, these daffodil pictures weren’t yellow, but the azaleas were. I’d never seen yellow azaleas before, but I looked it up on the Internet and yep, they can be that color. The flowers have as much variety as the days of our lives and remind me to embrace the differences that each day brings, to enjoy them for what they are as the days fly by.

Spring—an experience in immortality.
Henry D. Thoreau

There was peacefulness everywhere, even for this mallard drake as he pedaled around the pond. There’s nothing magical about a duck of course – they’re ordinary as can be – but they’re fun to watch.  The iridescent green of their head feather glint in the sun, a pretty decoration as a consolation prize for their ungainly bodies.

I liked the texture of the waves and could look at this picture indefinitely. It’s a good vision to have on the days that I need to calm down and relax. Not, of course, that ever happens to me at work or home :)

This is the day the LORD has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

I have more pictures, but I think that’s enough for now.  I challenge you to look for beauty in everything, from the ordinary to the spectacular.  Be mindful, pay attention to the present moment, and live your life fully.

Other walks are posted for January, MarchOctober, and November.