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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Good Example

       I know some of you follow Ian Young's blog, "Bonsai Eejit." For those who don't, Ian, besides being an experienced bonsai artist, is a fine photographer. The nature pictures that he takes in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, have prodded me to open my own eyes to the natural beauty that is all around me, right here in north-central Indiana.

(Also, those who have read C.S. Lewis' book Surprised by Joy may remember that Lewis, at
several points, describes the countryside around Belfast, where he grew up. A few of Ian Young's pictures have given me images to go with Lewis' descriptions.)

To check out Ian's blog, click here. And a tip o' the hat to the "Bonsai Eejit" for prompting me to look around me!  :-) 

Seen between the house and my daughter's school:

Norway maple (Acer platanoides.) Dramatic wine-red new leaves and bronze-and-yellow flowers.
Red maple (Acer rubrum.) "Keys" (samaras) develop before the leaves.
Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida.)

Flowering crabapple (Malus spp.)

Bonsai-in-training are pushing new growth as well.

This yew's buds are almost ready for spring pinching.
New buds on my yamadori ponderosa (Pinus ponderosa.)

And it's not just the plant world that's ready for spring: my daughter's cat has reclaimed a favorite warm-weather perch from which to watch the world!
"Ren" on the windowsill in my study.

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