Friday, April 3, 2015

Morning Saunter — A Call to Worship

To saunter without agenda is always a joy. On this Good Friday I couldn't help but feel profoundly blessed just to be alive in this wild wonderful world. Every spring is a resurrection.

This morning I was able to visit many of my wildflower neighbors: the Toothworts, Spring Beauties, Trilliums, Violets, Poppies, Lilies, and the odd little fellow know to most as Jack-in-the-Pulpit. I was delighted to see they are all doing well. This time of year they are single-mindedly and earnestly going about the business of blooming and making seed. They must hurry. There is little time. Soon the forest canopy will unfurl, leaving the forest floor in perpetual shade. They must work now while there is light.

I was reminded of the natural succession of forest life as I walked. As spring begins, all the wildflowers are white (surely there's a reason for that), but yellow and blue now join the color palette as poppies, lilies, and violets spread their petals. Green is becoming more and more common. Last week, blooming Toothwort covered the forest floor. Now Toothwort is going to seed and giving way to Spring Beauty. I find comfort in this ebb and flow.

Overall, the forest grows more and more green with each unfolding leaf. Soon the green canopy overhead will shade the whole woods. The time of ephemeral spring wildflowers will be over for another year. The timeless forest is ever changing—each week and each day a new season of its own. Each day is a call to worship.

Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)

Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Sweet Betsy, green variant (Trillium cuneatum)

Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)

Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)

Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)

Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)



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