the color of spring

Sometimes the sun is so bright it makes photography difficult. Rather than fight with it, I decided to focus on capturing the intensity of the light and the glowing chartreuse foliage all around me.

The new leaves & grasses are so bright, when the sunlight hits them, they appear to be lit up from inside. It’s a uniquely spring color, this yellow-green; it only sticks around a short time before deepening into summer hues.

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trees of a feather

Always one of my favorite spring sights: the show-stopping contrast of the chartreuse sugar maple buds against a clear blue sky. Happy Arbor Day to you and your favorite tree 🙂

blog042415_sugarmaples112/365: sugar maples with blue sky

beautiful mess

In another part of the town, the greens are coming on more aggressively.

This is nature’s riot. The astounding co-existence of so many life forms all just doing their thing, thriving along, being glorious individuals together in a beautiful entangled mess.

It’s something for us to aspire to.

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06.12.13 be still my (bleeding) heart

Possibly my favorite plant in the whole garden for the way the leaves light up the shadows with an unreal chartreuse glow. The flowers, too, are pure poetry: handing delicately off their arcing stems, they lift their fine pink petticoats in sort of curtsy. It’s enough to break your heart.

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05.09.13 (not really) caterpillars

The chartreuse seed pods adorn the birch branches like long, dangling earrings. Sawyer used to think there were caterpillars all over the sidewalk after the seed pods fell. He was always sorely disappointed to learn the truth. But I like everything about a birch, faux caterpillars and all.

blog_birchtrees129/365: birch trees with seeds