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Marvelous May 2018: Mother Nature & Human Nature

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

My two favorite months are October with the flaming foliage of autumn and this month, May, with all the flowers and trees blooming. Because I was so focused on Earth Day Every Day in April and also National Poetry Month, I did not realize that May was already here.

 

Here is a Maypole surrounded by flowers. Perfect for my May Home Page!

For a brief history of the Maypole dance, go to: http://www.historicalharmonies.org/mapypoledanceorigins.htm

I do have some ideas for what I am posting this month: 1) reviewing a book for Mothers’ Day
called Mothers Unite! by Prof. Jocelyn Crowley, 2) some spring recipes, 3)  information on mental health for National Mental Health Month, and 4) a profile of a single mom I met at the local indoor pool.  For now, though, since I am still processing these ideas,  I am posting some spring photos for my May Home Page (and Photo Gallery).

When I went for a walk in my neighborhood last week, I took photos of trees and flowers….and flamingoes!  Some of the flowers are planted in and around our condo by the company that does the landscaping. I call this Human Nature. Many of the trees in the photos have been here for decades and may have been part of the landscape before we chopped down some of the trees to make way for dwellings or businesses. (I call this Mother Nature, but of course, all the lovely plants are the original works of  Mother Nature.)

 

This tree has become lopsided because the telephone wires of Human Nature have forced Mother Nature to make compromises to the symmetry of her trees.

 


These flowers were planted by a gardener in neat, even rows.

 

This lovely magnolia tree is already losing its blossoms, but it is still a pretty
Human Nature tree in front of a house nearby.

 

These little lovelies (violets?) look wild, so maybe they are the work of Mother Nature.

 

This flowering cherry tree is in a neighbor’s yard, so I think it is
Human Nature’s handiwork.

 

This is the first azalea bush I have seen this spring. It is in someone’s yard,
and by its size,
 may have been planted several years ago by the owner.

 

These pastel hyacinths all lined up are one of Human Nature’s need for order!

 

I believe these daffodils are not in a garden, but planted to make the back area of the house less bare; yet they look like a work of Mother Nature in their “natural” surroundings.

 

These lawn ornaments are definitely out of sync with our winter climate from Mother Nature, but for some reason the home owner must like flamingoes!

 

Finally, one of the trees in our condo backyard fell over during a very bad winter storm with lots of wind. Yet, Mother Nature persists and the tree is blooming while the roots are exposed. Hopefully, the landscapers will set her upright and maybe it will come back to its full glory. Here are different views of this lovely tree that I hope can be saved by Mother Nature and Human Nature.

 

 

This is a photo of the top of the tree on its side where the blossoms are beginning to bloom.

 

Enjoy the lovely flowers and trees of Spring, whether in natural surroundings or planted by people who love Mother Nature’s gifts.

 

The Symphony* of Spring: Mother Nature At Work & Play

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

NOTE: Since Mother Nature and “Earth Day, Every Day” go hand-in-hand, this poem can be counted as #5 for my Earth Day countdown as well as part of Poetry Month.

 

Spring’s symphonic overture is cheery and bright;
a rainbow of colors that Mother Nature brings to light.

Source: In front of our front door of our building

 

Then come the brisk and lively first movement thrills,
with forsythia, cherry trees, tulips, & daffodils. 

Source: pixabay.com

 

The 2nd movement: a lyrical display of magnolia & dogwood;
blooming ev’ry spring to bring on the good.

Source: Googled pictures of different kinds of magnolia trees

 

By the 3rd movement spring’s energy is deep as a well,
with green trees dancing in the breeze of “Show & Tell.”

Source: Neighborhood Trees

 

The finale: a rollicking canvas with flowers of ev’ry kind;
a colorful spring symphony that fills your mind!

Source: wow.com- Rutgers Gardens

 

* From the Internet: With rare exceptions, the four movements of a symphony conform to a standardized pattern. The first movement is brisk and lively; the second is slower and more lyrical; the third is an energetic minuet (dance) or a boisterous scherzo (“joke”); and the fourth is a rollicking finale.”