Extrapolating from the Spring Flowers Rising from the Mold

February 26, 2013

Single crocus blossom

Single crocus blossom

“I never see the spring flowers rising from the mould, or the pond lilies born of the black ooze, that matter does not become transparent and reveal to me the working of the same celestial powers that fashioned the first man from the common dust.”
— John Burroughs, “The Grist of the Gods,” from The Art of Seeing Things:  Essays by John Burroughs, edited by Charlotte Zoe Walker

Purple crocuses growing up from the mold

Purple crocuses growing up from the mold

A commonplace miracle — witnessing rebirth, regeneration in spring flowers.

The tiny model for a flower painting

The tiny model for a flower painting

Watercolor sketch of crocuses

Watercolor sketch of crocuses

3 Responses to “Extrapolating from the Spring Flowers Rising from the Mold”

  1. Elisa Says:

    Purple is a favorite and so is The Art of Seeing Things!

  2. Chris Says:

    Lovely sketch!

  3. shoreacres Says:

    Ah – here’s a first mention of Burroughs. I’m going to have to explore his work. I keep thinking of Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose work was somewhat different. Well, except that he did write about Tarzan’s jungle. That’s botanical. 😉


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