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More Evidence

Spring sure is hard to find. It doesn’t reach out and demand attention. Most everything growing is the same stuff and that stuff is always green. Takes at least several trips to find proof of seasonal process but persistence pays off. We have bona fide recognizable forensic evidence of a season change – maple seeds all ready to do their act. So not being one to leave well enough alone, I junk them up with an artsy tartsy treatment. The mother tree probably appreciates the effort but does anyone else? Oh well, some things and some people must be endured.

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Spring Is in the Air

Oh yes, spring is definitely in the air down here. Pollen’s yellow pixie dust is everywhere. So what’s spring like? Actually almost invisible. Scattered swamp maples flush purple. The occasional Redbud is in bloom. Regular deciduous trees have yet to start up again. A person has to go looking for spring and so we did. We found it! More blooms. A couple here and there on scraggly vines in the woods. Our identification books tell us it is yellow jessamine. Ah yes, we know that plant. When folks grow nice thick happy versions of it they call it Carolina jasmine. Bloom is nice but leaves are minimal and background is terrible. So Dee comes to the rescue and provides two nice blooms with an attractive setting. Ya gotta love modern technology.

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Quiet Afternoon

Looks like a quiet summer afternoon with clouds maybe building up for an afternoon shower. Yes it is January but not by outward appearances or temperature. Tan marsh grasses and a creek with buffleheads, mergansers, wood ducks, and loons pleasantly tells us it is winter fishing season for birds.

The afternoon has its own little story. We went down to Beaufort to hang out with friends. As they were napping when we arrived we had an excuse to enjoy the creek from their dock. For a while at least. There is no real winter relief from bugs around southern marshes. Just briefly after a hard freeze. That’s OK. The fleeting nature of the sun, the clouds, the experience makes it all the more memorable.

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Morning Mists

A quiet morning in the mountains. Nice theme for a new year if we allow images to have suggestive powers. Perhaps I remain influenced by my brief time in Japan. New Year’s is a quiet time for family and reflection. Soft morning light, gently dissipating mists seem quite appropriate to the occasion.

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