Signs and Meanings

SalixHamamelisEranthis hyemalisSturnus vulgaris“‘You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.'” ~ A.C. Doyle.

6 Responses to “Signs and Meanings”

  1. 2 Samantha Biobabbler March 26, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Wow–great shots of spring, and you are really batting 1000 on your quotations. Love the one on the header and for this post.

    Only AFTER I pasted it to my “nice words” file did I translate A.C. Doyle. NICE! (Read ALL of Sherlock Holmes when I was a kid and am CONVINCED it permanently changed how I think.)


  2. 4 Paul Lamb March 27, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Nice literary reference!

  3. 5 auroramama March 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Thank you! This is the first year I can recall doubting that spring will ever arrive — not intellectually, but subconsciously. Looking at advertisements for summer clothes and having trouble imagining people walking around outside wearing them; looking at pictures of trees in leaf the way I look at pictures of tropical butterflies: wow, wouldn’t that be something to see! It’s very good to be reminded of the little things.

    Also, that’s a splendid picture of witch-hazel blossoms. I know how hard it is to catch the impact those narrow petals have on the hungry human eye. Is that the hybrid ‘Jelena’?

    I saw the first Crocus tommasinianus peeping out of people’s lawns yesterday, palest lilac, and then the bright violet ones I planted for my mother. The person who breeds a new flower has surely done as much for humanity as the inventor of Brillat-Savarin’s new dish.

    • 6 mthew March 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Thank you for these thoughts, AM!

      I don’t know which hybrid of witch-hazel it is; don’t recall noticing it before. This patch was at the entrance to Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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