Saturday, April 14, 2007
Home Thoughts From Abroad
Oh,to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England - now!
And after April,when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops- at the bent sprays edge-
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups,the little children's dower
-Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
Robert Browning 1812-1889
And that is just how it is in England at the moment, the sun is shining and almost overnight a soft green haze has appeared and the wind flowers and celandines are scattered through the woodlands and by the river.
Wood anenomes(windflowers) are predominantly white but it isn't unusual to find pink ones like this among the white.
There is something about the pure white ones that is especially beautiful though.
This photograph was taken in the early morning before the flowers had opened properly so doesn't show them at their best.
Lesser celandine - so bright and pretty withn their heart shaped leaves..
I love the bronze and green of these beautifully pleated young leaves - I'm not sure what kind of tree but it's a maple of some kind - probably a young sycamore. If anyone knows for sure please tell me:)
Young nettles and grass sparkling with dewdrops. I hope the dewdrops show up, clicking and making it larger might help.
Skunk cabbage (or lysichiton americanus)growing by the river - there are only a few of them but they are rather splendid looking. The slugs obviously thought so too!
The very first bluebell I've seenthis year, just one all by itself among a sea of green leaves. It's a little blurred but you get the general idea of the wonderful colour.