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“‘T would ease — a Butterfly —
Elate — a Bee —
Thou ‘rt neither —
Neither — thy capacity —

But, Blossom, were I,
I would rather be
Thy moment
Than a Bee’s Eternity —

Content of fading
Is enough for me —
Fade I into Divinity —

And Dying.  Lifetime —
Ample as the Eye —
Her least attention raise on me –”
— Emily Dickinson

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Watercolor sketch of apple blossoms

Watercolor sketch of apple blossoms

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Apple Blossoms

April 24, 2014

“Apple blossoms mist the air with white and soft pink.”
— Gladys Tabor, Stillmeadow Daybook

This is the week for apple blossoms.

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

Watercolor sketch of apple blossoms

Watercolor sketch of apple blossoms

 

Apple Blossoms

May 2, 2012

“The blooming orchards are the glory of May . . . ”
— John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril

Apple blossoms

“May is a green as no other,
May is much sun through small leaves,
May is soft earth,
And apple-blossoms,
And windows open to a South wind.”
— Amy Lowell, “Lilacs”

Blossom by blossom, the spring progresses.  We are now seeing apple trees in flower.

Apple blossoms on the tree where I find windfalls.

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

Apple tree full of blossoms

Apple blossoms on my work table

Watercolor sketch of apple blossoms

Exhaustless Freshness

May 15, 2009

Apple blossoms on our back-yard tree

Apple blossoms on our back-yard tree

Lilac bloom

Lilac bloom

“Apple orchards, the trees all cover’d with blossoms;
Wheat fields carpeted far and near in vital emerald green;
The eternal, exhaustless freshness of each early morning;
The yellow, golden, transparent haze of warm afternoon sun;
The aspiring lilac bushes with profuse purple or white flowers…”

     — Walt Whitman, “Out of May’s Shows Selected”