Bloodroot, from years past

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I missed the blooming of bloodroot this year because I was recovering from back surgery. I have found just one patch of this wildflower in my area, and I hope to recapture it each year but my timing and priorities seem to prevent it most years. At least this year I had a good reason for skipping its show.

The color of penance on a Saturday spring morning

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I don’t remember why deep purple is the color of penance. It’s not that I feel the need to confess anything. This flower reminds of the vestment the priest from Boston would wear at our Catholic school penance services. That is all.

Spring Photo Walk, May 13

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I couldn’t have designed better light for this morning’s photo walk. I again visited the Allen County Children’s Garden next to the Lima Public Library. I was early enough that I spotted a dozen or so profoundly eager library patrons who were waiting for the library doors to open on a Saturday morning. I don’t recall being so dedicated to the pursuit of any text that I’d have given up sleeping in on the weekend to get a book from the library. Perhaps that is my loss, or maybe it is a side-effect of having grown up in a home stuffed with its fair share of books. I still have more books than I can comfortably store.

Unlike the words on a printed book, the morning light would not be preserved without my intervention. I returned this weekend to check if the peonies had begun their bloom, but their buds are still growing heavy for their upcoming debut. Peonies must be more inflexible than lilacs in timing their show; lilacs began blooming three weeks early this year.

I did find that the irises are in bloom. What more could I expect today?