Central Park Blooms

image by Jill, The Tromp Queen, Creative Commons 4.0 license (attribution, share-alike, non-commercial)
image by Jill, The Tromp Queen, Creative Commons 4.0 license (attribution, share-alike, non-commercial)

I got the opportunity to travel to New York City last weekend with my daughter’s high school orchestra.  They played a concert at Carnegie Hall, and played wonderfully (says this proud Mom!)

We had a a few hours of free time each day, and I was thrilled to find myself walking on a path in Central Park near the reservoir and Met Museum of Art among blooming magnolias, forsythia and daffodils.

After this particularly harsh and exceptionally lengthy winter, the flowers and colors were literally a sight for sore eyes.

 

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Give some LOVE: Daily Prompt Press It

Daily Prompt:  Press It

Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading.

Today’s Daily Prompt seems like an easy task today.  I’ve read so many inspiring blog posts this week that it will be hard to choose just three.

One:
The Wild Heart of England by Sue Vincent
http://scvincent.com/2013/03/24/the-wild-heart-of-england/

“There is something in those hills that has me by the heart and soul and calls me home. The photographs simply do not do the landscape justice. They lack the scale and grandeur, the sparkle in the air, the bite of the wind on your cheeks, whipping your hair as you lean into the wind, fighting to stay upright. They cannot show the subtle shift of colour, the play of light and shadow. They lack the absoluteness and extremity of its beauty.” — Sue Vincent, from The Wild Heart of England.

Yorkshire

Sue’s words are vivid and bring you right into the scene where she is so you can experience what she saw and felt and heard.  Her photographs are beautiful.  I have never really had a desire to go to the North of England, but now I do after reading her blog post.

Two:
Bees and Blooms Medley by greenlightlady
http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/bees-and-blooms-medley/

Daffodil
Daffodil (Photo credit: Sentrawoods.)

“I believe that God must have smiled to himself as He designed spring blooms knowing that they would delight and warm our hearts after winter’s icy cold fingers had been pried off our gardens… much in the same way that Easter’s events pried the grip of sin and death from those who believe and trust in the risen Christ.”  — greenlightlady, from Bees and Blooms Medley

I really enjoyed seeing Sue’s photographs of woodland spring flowers.  They are very well focused and well composed.  She even caught a bee sampling a daffodil’s nectar.  Her poems are lovely — simple, clear, and evocative.  My eyes and spirit are starved for the color and freshness of spring.  (I live in Wisconsin and there is snow in the forecast…)

Three:
Dearest Pine, by leaf and twig
http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/dearest-pine/

Evergreen Delicacy:  Asparagus Fern
Evergreen Delicacy: Asparagus Fern (Photo credit: cobalt123)

My eyes are hungry for the fresh green of springtime.  The poem and the lovely green photograph of an evergreen posted by leaf and twig feed that craving.  I also enjoyed several other poems in this blog that have been posted recently:  Songstress, Sweet Magnolia, Vacancy, Warrior, Estre, Return.  The posts are mostly two or three line poems with one simple photograph to illustrate the thought.  The tag line for leaf and twig’s blog is “where observation and imagination meet nature in poetry.”
I am thankful to have found this very talented set of writers/photographers and look forward to reading/seeing their continued creative output here on WordPress.

The edge that crackles

A Wild Cherry in flower. Français : Un Merisie...
A Wild Cherry in flower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I work with some absolutely phenomenal people on a daily and weekly basis.  I am a professional pianist.  One of my jobs, is to play for undergraduate voice majors during their weekly lessons and performances.  One of the professors I work with was taught by voice teacher Thom Houser.

That professor, my good friend Sue, sent out this poem when Thom died  a while ago.  I spoke to me, and I saved it.

This is what Sue said when she sent the poem:
Thom loved this poem. He devoted his life to helping us

“be more ourselves…”

Is this not what a great teacher does?…help us to find more of who we truly are, deep inside.
There is true joy in each of us if we stop enough to hear it sing.

(photo credits for blooming crabapple gallery:  quirkyjazz)(JillHasker)

The Wild Cherry Tree

Why does the wild cherry tree
blooming
on the Hudson
make everything
more so
more itself?

So the green
of the elm is greener than
when it stands alone,
the sky
bluer.

So you
are one of those
who make others
more themselves
more what they
are!

Of those who draw them to the extreme verge,
the edge
that crackles:
that is
your beauty:
that is what
you do.

Hilda Morley

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
― Rumi

Shams of Tabriz as portrayed in a 1500 paintin...
Shams of Tabriz as portrayed in a 1500 painting in a page of a copy of Rumi’s poem dedicated to Shams. BNF Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)