Back in Goshen, the summer is in full swing. Coneflowers, beebalm, and Queen Anne's Lace are blooming, and I found my first monarch caterpillar on the milkweed in my garden. Dragonflies and dewdrops abound.
MennoCon 2019, in Kansas City, early July. The view from the top -- my hotel room was on the top floor, overlooking the plaza and the convention city. Cloud displays, 4th of July airshow jets practicing (six of them in tight formation), and fittingly, a double rainbow over the convention center.
If not raining, most mornings lately have at least been moist. I don't recall seeing this sort of beading of water droplets on morning glories before, but I found it again this morning. These are early bloomers, so perhaps other years the mornings weren't so damp when the morning glories started blooming. Raindrops on roses and delphinium and serviceberries, also known as saskatoons. They are ripening now and we picked a quart. In the prairie plantings, coneflowers are starting to open.
The prairie plantings on campus are starting to bloom and one of the first flowers to open this year was the spiderwort. Here are six variations on the theme -- and one baby grasshopper of the many that hopped away as I stepped through knee-high plants to get closer to the spiderwort. (Actually there are three in the last photo, but only one that's in focus.)
Weeks of rain in May, and then, right at the end, the peonies, daisies and hosta opened. And the sun came out, after a rainy morning.
First week of May and at Pathways Retreat Center, the haze was green as new leaves opened to the sun. And then it proceeded to rain for most of the next three weeks. . .
First week of May and a pinkish haze infiltrates Witmer Woods, near the college cabin -- redbud in bloom.
A rainy month, this May, leaving everything decked in raindrops even after the sun came out. The annual spring transformation felt like it arrived all in one week, but that was mostly the trees filling out with leaves. Crabapple blossoms, miniature iris, flowering quince, and a jack-in the-pulpit led the procession.
April's spring is unfolding -- from early crocus and the first sighting of pollinators, to tiny daffodils and windflowers, to snowdrops and geese and feathers blowing in the breeze, to Lenten roses, and trees in blossom. And days of rain and days of sunshine, mixed together.
What a difference a few weeks make! In mid-March the snowdrops were finally open and the early crocus started to poke up through the March mud. There were glimpses of sunshine -- and streetcleaners. And now the crocus are open -- first a few random lonely blooms scattered in the grass, then the clumps in the flowerbed, almost closed on cloudy days and exuberantly open in the sun.
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
Tesserae: small cube-shaped tiles of ceramic, glass or precious stone used to make a mosaic, or in this case, brief essays on some element of lectio divina with Luke 10:38-42.