A Walk in the Park —

What is so fair as a day in May? When the sun shines from a blue sky on the tender green emerging everywhere.  When young spring flowers elbow forward with a single message, “Look at me!”,  whether boldly or shyly, depending on their temperament. When this old world once again renews itself, all fresh and glowing.

This was such a day, and we went out walking in Childs’ Park in Northampton. Scarcely two weeks ago, it was still a scene of devastation, littered with myriad bare skeletons of trees ripped mercilessly down by the Hallowe’en blizzard and left to decompose, still off limits to cars and even to walkers. But today the chains were lowered across the car entrances, all the skeletons have been removed, and here are some glimpses of the resurrection that greeted us:

For lovers of gingko trees, who are more numerous than I might have expected —

And an attempt at unfocus among the gingko leaves, for lovers of bokeh like me — (Check out more bokeh and gingkos on my recent post on A View from the Woods.)

Azaleas, of course: characteristic flowers of spring in New England (and in Japan) —

Bleeding Hearts should be sad, but I love them, they make my heart leap for joy —

Pure white spring wildflowers that almost prompt a memory of their name — but then it eludes me. Does anyone know what these are?

A tree with wonderful scoured reddish bark, a low growing tree, with feathery green leaves emerging at its base as well as from its branches. Might this be a mimosa tree? If you know, please tell!

We strolled and admired and returned home rejuvenated. An annual miracle: Spring.

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29 Responses to A Walk in the Park —

  1. magsx2 says:

    Gorgeous flowers, and it looks to be a beautiful day for a walk. 🙂


  2. pauline says:

    Such beautiful photos! Spring is one of my four favorite seasons 😉 I could almost smell the greeny brown ground and the flower scented air. Nice post!


  3. I can’t be sure, since I can’t see the leaves, but could the pretty white flower be Ornithogalum umbellatum? (http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?guide=Wildflowers)

    Love the photos – now YOU’RE taking me for a walk!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Wow, am I impressed! I think you are a magician —
      I Googled Ornithogalum umbellatum images — and there they are! You are one cool lady — 😎
      (Let’s see if the cool icon works —)
      Childs Park is small and right in the city. My kind of walk. You are expansive and love solitude — the National Seashore!

      P.S. It has a “folk” name — Star of Bethlehem. Beauty!


      • No magic – just some old fashion plant/animal identification to which I’m suddenly addicted. I never knew there could be so many, many variations on a thing. A rose is a rose is a rose, you say? Ha!

        The Latin names seem so important to retain/record/pass on – like grammar rules and word use – but, you know, as a writer, the folk names are my favorite. Star of Bethlehem? Perfect!


        • Touch2Touch says:

          Actually I like ’em both, the Latin names AND the folk names. Two different sides of the brain, maybe?
          Anyway, to me the ID was magical.

          BTW, as to the rose — variation upon variation upon variation — but it’s still a rose. That’s kind of the point, perhaps?


  4. The bleeding hearts are bloody gorgeous. They are so dainty and – ah – puffy. 🙂 love all the shots, though.


  5. what a testament to hope and healing this post is! Thank you for sharing all this beauty of Spring with us.


  6. Absolutely beautiful shots. Perhaps June will bring days like this to the UK – one lives in hope – but meanwhile I’ll content myself with enjoying spring vicariously here!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Of course it’s raining here today —
      But that’s okay, we need the rain — and compared to torrenting England, our weather’s been, well, a walk in the park!


  7. Patti Kuche says:

    And all will be good again! It is always so fascinating to see the beauty that comes from the ground having been dormant for so long. Thank you so much for sharing the pleasures of your lovely day!


  8. reb says:

    What a lovely walk! Nice shots, and I loved #2 in particular …such vibrant colours!
    Yes, it’s an annual miracle…


  9. Beautiful photos. And from a fellow bokeh lover – I adore the second shot! 🙂


  10. Stef says:

    I love your pictures; full of life, yet still calming and soothing. The loving side of Ma Nature.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      The loving side — now, this spring. I didn’t take pictures of the devastation wreaked by the Hallowe’en Blizzard, not at Childs Park, although I did photograph it here at our community. Every time I look at those, I still feel like crying.
      Schizophrenic Mother Nature?


      • Stef says:

        That’s why I consciously, intentionally included the adjectives “loving side” to describe this season’s Mother Nature. ‘Cause we all know she can be one wicked b**ch, too.


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