Sunday, May 9, 2021

Tools Of The Trade

 No one enjoys a root canal. I tried to keep perfectly still and thought about the tools that my endodontist was using. The colorful array of drills and whatnot were organized in a specially made block of foam. What a good example of efficient industrial design, coded by both color and number, easy to select. I visualized the forest of shiny metal rods, and the rows of circles, then moved them around in my mind, laying out collages and a quilt. The colors and shapes distracted me from the sounds of drilling. She was puzzled when I asked to take a photo, but seemed pleased that I had noticed her special tools.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Ready For The Cicadas

 Right now, young trees are dressed in netting, wrapped like presents. Yards have a bit of a festive air, especially when the sun shines through the coverings. Look--that dogwood has both white and pink blossoms!  The Brood X cicadas are about to emerge. I've seen the dime-sized holes in our back yard, where the nymphs burrowed seventeen years ago. Soon the neighborhood will be very noisy. The most fragile trees are protected. Now we wait.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Petals In the Crosswalk

 The crab apple tree swayed and creaked in each gust of wind, shaking loose its blossoms. A pink storm of petals swirled then scattered over the crosswalk in tides. They blew across the street and washed up against the curb. It's a color combination seen most often in Good & Plenty boxes or 1950s-style diners. Those petals, whipped loose on a day more like late February than April, are a sign that summer greens will soon replace the pastel pinks of spring. 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

YellowJasmine and Dandelions

 Two plants are blooming, each the color of sunshine. One pokes through the fence from its special spot in a front yard. The others live on the edge, literally, between the fence and the street. Although they put on a show as cheerful as that of the fenced in jasmine, the dandelions are unwelcome. Their relatives on the lawn inside the fence have been, or will be, vigorously exterminated. We decide what is a weed and what is a desirable plant. But any three-year-old realizes that there is just as much joy to be had in a fistful of dandelions.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Spring Puddle

 A light rain fell on a gray afternoon Time to go for a walk On the path through the park was a puddle edged with cherry blossom petals. The puddle reflected a tree and the sky. Drip drip, drip. Each raindrop overlapped the next in concentric circles. The tree in the water-mirror shimmered. Its edges blurred; a moving watercolor in a puddle, painted wet on wet,

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Cherry Tree and Bench

 Cherry trees of every size and type are in full flower, all over the neighborhood. I discover new ones on each street. Many people experience the annual cherry blossom spectacle only from the seat of a car, driving past the trees. They sometimes remark that the cherry trees are disappointingly white. It’s a different view when you walk among the trees Those fluffy masses of blooms have fine markings in pinks and reds. This is what gives them such a delicate tint. I hope you all find somewhere to sit for a while, enjoy and really examine a cherry tree in bloom. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Grape Hyacinths

 Some people see these little bulbs as a nuisance. They reproduce diligently and have a habit of spreading in patches across a lawn. We just mow around them until they finish blooming. To me, they are one of the welcome signs that spring truly has arrived. Not only do their flowers look like grapes, they have a scent somewhere between violets and grape soda. I like to gather them by the handful and put them in tiny vases. There are always more in some other corner of the yard.