Spring! It’s everywhere I go, filling me with inspiration to create in it’s image; things that are flowery & light as the breeze spreading its signature scent. Pulling weeds in my garden under the appletree, I was captivated by the subtle, sweetly-spiced scent of appleblossoms~ how to express that in a creation?
Pascal (my dog,) and I, walk daily. Camera in hand, we alternate between downtown, with its beautiful fountains & planterboxes, and Heather Farms- ( several local acres of designated open space that’s been set aside as a wildlife preserve, with walking trails, gardens, ponds, meadows and a duck-filled canal.) Spring being such a short season, my camera clicks tirelessly as we walk, attempting to preserve the beauty Spring has scattered in its wake~
Currently, everything I make reflects my experience of Spring. Looking at my photos I immediately want to make notecards~ I’m excited! Here in my hands, the pictures enable me to hold onto Spring, long after it has passed. On the trees, the wind & rain can destroy the beautiful blossoms, but here on my notecards, they are saved; preserved in all their beauty – How wonderful to be able to have Spring always within reach!
As with the notecards, my handsmocked and embroidered dresses reflect my experience of Spring- One recently finished dress, A Dressful of Blooms, was totally spring inspired. Looking at it, I recall the spicy-sweet scent of the apple blossoms on my tree. Perhaps looking at it , you too will have a sense of the flower-scent~?
Today on our walk at Heather Farms, in addition to all of the new spring flowers, resplendent under water drops left by yesterday’s rain, we witnessed a very special spring addition~
Walking down the path beside the canal I saw what looked like something moving in the grasses on the far side of the canal. I stopped to see if I could tell what was there- At first I saw the mother duck. Her dark coloring blended in so well with the hillside that she was difficult to discern at first. She was standing very still looking back at us. Incredibly, Pascal didn’t bark! Watching her, I suddenly saw movement in the grass behind her and watched in awe as 5 tiny ducklings shuffled awkwardly to get close to her. After watching us for a while, I guess she decided we didn’t pose much danger, because she started walking down the bank towards the water, the 5 little ducks following close behind~ in one straight line! Down the hill they stumbled & into the canal, gliding on the water, mom & her 5- in one straight line, swim masters already!
We followed them a short way down the canal and then stopped and watched again as the babies followed their mom out of the water, up the bank and across the path towards the larger pond~ in one straight line!
These pictures, along with others taken that day will be available on sets of notecards in my shop. Spring passes so quickly that I’m so happy to have caught at least a bit of it before we move into summer~ which I know, is lurking just around the bend~