From deep in the cold dark earth, soft petal blades stir, cutting their path through the skin of soil. Soft as silk and sharp as thorns their colour lights the dark somber beds of late winter. Called into the light by the spring turn of the planet, they appear, dappled in moon dew, glistening in sun drops. Day and night they rise, a crop of purple spring blades, towering towards the clouds of life. The rushing wave of spring has begun, an unseen army gathering strength hidden in darkness.
Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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Some of your best work! Really well done Seonaid! Words and photos are amazing.
Thank you, I was really happy with the way these early morning shots came out.
I played around a lot with the settings until I caught what I could see with my eyes!
It’s getting brighter and brighter each day now, the quality of light has shifted in strength 🙂
I know isn’t it grand! Nice work !
You invoke that real sense of season change beautifully Seonaid .
Thanks Poppy…I can feel it in my bones….and today the air was warm and bright and spring colour swept across the land 🙂
Beautiful images of Spring, Seonaid. Love your words, so full of promise, “The rushing wave of spring has begun, an unseen army gathering strength hidden in darkness.”
The promise of spring is just beginning to crest now…we had a wonderful wave of warmth and light today 🙂
These are really stunning, Seonaid! 🙂
Thanks Jo, they were sitting just outside my kitchen window waiting for me to notice them….covered in morning dew 🙂
Sometimes we don’t have to go far to catch a nice shot!
thank you for sharing springtime…this post is just what my cold grey day needed 🙂 just beautiful and articulate, as you always are
Liana, such warm praise, thank you gorgeous 🙂
I’m delighted to warm you with colour and hope…..soon the earth beneath your feet must begin to soften and brighten into Spring….
You are amazingly in tune with nature and have a real gift for translating what you see and feel into prose or poetry! It’s interesting that you observed the petal blades to be both soft and sharp. Water can be like that, too. Think of how the Grand Canyon was formed; that wide gap between massive rock. And yet, water can be so soft and gentle. I think everything has opposing qualities within itself, human beings included.
What a lovely comment, thank you. I wrote a post a while back called ‘the power of softness’ looking at just the process you are speaking about. Water is a fascinating and powerful element….and always looking for the route of least resistance to return to source….to re-merge with the ocean.
Beautiful. Another tough day here at the farm … your post provided us both a bit of a lift. Thanks. D
Always my pleasure to bring you some joy…..you’ve really had a tough winter this year. Such a contrast to our mild moist one….I’ve really only had to scrape ice off the car a few times…incredible. I hope the earth under your feet will soon soften into Spring David.
Isn’t it just wonderful to see
Indeed, and I noticed the cherry blossom has started peeping out now…..
oh my these are lovely! The light and the dew and the new and the fresh.
The dew was captivating….as though they had sprung fresh just that moment from the bath 🙂
Very pretty captures!!
Thank you…the low light of dawn glittering in those dewdrops helped 🙂
They are as lovely in bud as they will be in bloom 🙂
Thanks Gilly….spring is beginning to unfold all her pretty dresses 🙂
Wow wow wow! Stunning shots!
What a great comment Fi….delighted to have wowed you 🙂
You have me wishing I would have found the time to plant bulbs last fall so I can look forward to this sight with what we hope will be Spring some day here! My flowering bulbs have faded over the years and a fresh crop needs to be planted!
I know, we need to keep planting a few every year, as the squirrels dig them up and eat them…apart from snowdrops which they won’t touch 🙂 This cluster are quite old now, and I can see them from my kitchen window, and it’s always a welcome sight to see them return.
Beautiful sign of spring! Love these two photos.
Thanks Amy, I’m happy to bring you these small heralds of spring 🙂
They cheered me up 🙂 Happy weekend!
What natural colors of the rebirth of spring…The dew drops act like prizems .
i mind is hazy, i cant remember the name, I know they are not Jonquils that bud
during early spring.”March 20th” . March 12th-16th Boston has a Espo Flower Show.
Take a flyth over and bring your CAMERA!!
Be are guest,
Thanks Anthony, that sounds like a beautiful festival to see. I love those little watery prisms too 🙂
They look beautiful. I am almost holding my breath waiting for them to grow.
I know, they look so fresh….any moment those petals will fall open revealing the precious saffron threads within 🙂
Are these outside flowers? Oh, the persuasive pull of the sun and the lengthening daylight – it will eventually draw everything thru that black, crumbly skin of the earth!
Yes, outside my back door….caught in the early morning light Annette. Love your poetic words for the earths skin 🙂
Bejewelled beauties x
Indeed….bewitching bejewelled beauties…,who could resist 🙂
If only a bit of dew or rain could make me more attractive rather than soggy, frizzy hair, backwoods-through-a-bush!
Too funny Sarah, the downside of water jewels 🙂
Wow! Great photos Seonaid! The spring is coming… 🙂
Thanks, it was early morning after a fresh fall of rain…..everything looked as though it had literally just been birthed 🙂
All your prose sounds like poetry.
I think I maybe dream and think in poetry! Delighted to hear you enjoyed the photos….this cluster of crocuses seemed to spring up overnight from nowhere 🙂
Thanks Sue, I can never resist a bit of sparkling dew 🙂
I know what you mean 🙂