Seasons take their own sweet time.
It’s taboo to turn your head while doing a shoulder stand. Not because of bad form, but you could injure your neck. So I do it slowly, persuaded by persistent puppy whimpers outside our sliding door. Quilla’s furry little face looks perplexed. My morning yoga sequence is clearly strange. Easily reassured, she bounces off to join her brother’s assault on the sprinklers. Crystal droplets spray over two tumbling bodies, glistening against the sky. That’s when I notice it. The brilliant lime green of our most seasonal tree. It’s the one I photographed three months ago, in its autumn splendour. Winter has passed, the young leaves whisper. Spring is here, in her own sweet time.
Quotes to consider:
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana
“And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.” – Kahlil Gibran
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven” – The Seekers (from the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!”)
“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus
To illustrate that last quote, here’s the Autumn image of this same tree:
. . . and two pics of the puppies, to show you how quickly they’re growing!