Small Things, Small Doings

February 25, 2014

“Small things, small doings, train our powers of observation . . . Not all of nature’s book is writ large; the fine print is quite as interesting, and it is this that trains the eye.”
— John Burroughs, from The Writings of John Burroughs, “In Field and Wood”

Patches of purple and white crocuses

Patches of purple and white crocuses

The first of our year’s flowers are those short ones that hug the ground — the snowdrops, dwarf irises, crocuses.  The small things.  The small doings of nature.  How we welcome them after the long winter.
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Watecolor sketch of crocuses

Watercolor sketch of crocuses

Another watercolor sketch of crocuses

Another watercolor sketch of crocuses

Crocus collage

Crocus collage

 

 

 

 

 

4 Responses to “Small Things, Small Doings”

  1. Renee Says:

    this made me think how wondrous things can be that the smallest daintiest flowers are the bravest to emerge into the cold air and brighten our world

  2. napperscompanion Says:

    Life-giving. Thanks, John

  3. shoreacres Says:

    The single flower by the wall is wonderful. That little bloom looks for all the world as though it’s resting on the wall, grateful as it can be for a little sunshine.

  4. Chris Says:

    Gorgeous!


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