Soft, wet snow falls in early March. White blankets the garden and lawn, outlines tree limbs in frosty ice, and meltwater gurgles in downspouts. It’s a peaceful scene — and what’s most beautiful to my eye is the common milkweed in our garden. All winter long, north winds shook the dead, dry stalks and tugged at the pods until the seeds ballooned into the wind on their silky parachutes. A few seeds float free each day, but most still ride the breeze tethered to their pods. Minute feathery snow crystals etch the silken strands like starry sequins on nature’s beautiful gown.
Though the stalks are tattered, rough and hollow, soon spring-green shoots will pop through the soil to grow new plants and nourish bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. But for today, I’ll enjoy the crystal-covered seeds and the snowy scene knowing it will soon give way to spring’s warmth.
So beautiful, Beth. Thank You.
Thank you, Linda!
Your words infuse beauty into all of our lives, Beth. Thank you for taking the time to share your photographs and your thoughts. I love to see the world through your eyes!
Thanks for making time to read them, Lisa!
Beth, you have such an eye for beauty in places small and large. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Thanks so much for your comments, Sue!