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.
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.