Saturday, May 1, 2010

Welcome May

White petals are falling from this Spring's early blossoms and the lawns and sidewalks are covered with scented confetti, as if festive for the May King and Queen.
On this beautiful first weekend of May I set out with friends to mark the turn of the season with a long walk in the woods. There were trilliums, may apple about to flower, and masses of trout lilies; yellow ones, such I have seen before,
and translucent white ones, which are new to me.
On every walk up in these woods I hope to see the deer but once again only small wildlife showed themselves, like this bright-eyed garter snake beside the path.
"Yellow and black, you're all right Jack,
Red and yellow, a dangerous fellow"

Following fresh deer tracks in the mud we found another small field dweller. He was in a hurry and in one hop he was out of the picture frame and away.
Not pictured here are the furred black ground bees that swarmed around our ankles at a spot overlooking the ravine. They were busy making their new homes in the clay ground and, fortunately, unconcerned with our big boots.

I came home crowned not with a garland of May flowers but with a fine clump of burrs in my hair, and a camera disc full of wild flowers to paint.

"Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year ass
umes its gay attire."
- Virgil


  1. Hello and thank you for this walk through the woods. Sorry that you didn't see any deer, but so glad that you and your camera did catch so much beauty.

    I have never heard of trout lillies! And now I have.

    Hoping that you will be able to get those burrs out of your hair. Will gentle brushing do it, or lots of conditioner?

    Anyhow. Thank you. Happy belated May Day!

  2. Happy May Day to you too!

    Your delicate illustration is so pretty, you manage to make the make believe believable!

    I wonder if you have bluebells in your woods? I don't think we have trout lilies but maybe I am wrong.

    How exciting to see a garter snake!

  3. Lindsay is famous for getting burrs in her hair too. They go in easy, but they sure hurt coming out.

    Hope your hair is back to normal by now.