A Spring Reunion

Monday, May 9, 2011

A reunion is taking place in the woods. In the warming spring sunshine, I linger along the path, eager to see which wildflowers have returned. With the overabundance of spring rains this year, attendance at the reunion is astonishing.

Mayapples are crowding out everyone. Ferns are sneaking up and around the mayapples determine to unfurl their fronds. Bluebells are peeking over the top of the mayapples' umbrella-like leaves. The jack-in-the-pulpit, a venerable presence in our woods, has brought all of its relatives to the event. There are jacks of all sizes and shades of green and mahogany; and under all this chaos, shy violets are blooming.

I am fascinated by the jack-in-the pulpit. To really see it, one needs to get down on your hands and knees and peek. When I decided to paint a portrait of a jack for my bookmark collection, I crawled around in the leaves with my camera, scrunched on the ground determined to get a good shot.

Spring wildflowers are fleeting. The mayapples' flowers will turn into apples. The violets will disappear. The bluebells will fade: but, tucked in my book, a jack-in-the-pulpit will remind me of that glorious reunion.

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A Spring Reunion