Saturday, November 12, 2011

Geraniums and a Small Tree

I walked home from work on Thursday. The temperature was almost balmy after the cooler weather of the week.
These geraniums caught my fancy. Although most of the flowers on campus had been taken out in the late fall, this flower bed remained - perhaps geraniums are considered hardy, and could be counted on to keep blooming.
The little bit of colour in the snow is pretty, and brought to mind the wonder children feel when encountering the magic of colour.As a child, I would have considered finding these flowers in the snow, a small miracle; and I'm also pretty sure I would have picked them and proceeded to use them in play - possibly making a soup with them. Before long, there would be nothing left of the pretty blooms, although possibly some would be used in a decorative way.

Along the path I follow, I have noticed a little poplar tree. Now it stands, looking rather brave, withstanding the cold.

It looks as though the tree had been cut down for some reason, but continued to grow. It stands about 1 1/2 feet tall I think. In my imagination it has a large spirit.

I plan to walk home as often as possible this winter.


Geraldine said...

I love that last scene Brenda. You really can't beat a Prairie sunset. BC has so much beauty but most nights the sun just disappears behind the mountains, without the "fabulous fanfare" of the flat Prairie vista. I know what you mean about finding color in the snow, it is nice, I agree. Once, I found a cardinal in Daffodil Park! I blogged about it over at My Poetic Path, if you go there and type in cardinal in the search box, it should come up. It was an amazing sight too. On a cold winter morning, this little red bird was lost in the snow. Thanks for bringing that to mind too. The bird did fly away eventually btw, he was ok!

Happy Weekend, G :<)

Teri C said...

Beautiful pictures.
Beautiful words.
Beautiful post.

Thank you for sharing it Bremda

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

I do agree that we have great sunsets on the prairies, and in the cold weather the colours are always more vivid it seems. I'm glad you enjoyed the picture.

Now that is just so interesting about the cardinal, as we don't seem to get many here. I plan to go look over at Poetic Path next, and read the post you mention.

Just this late afternoon, I have observed an interesting jay, possibly a stellars jay, with a small flock of blackbirds in my neighbour's tree - I think he must be on his way south, and travelling with these blackbirds, which seems very unusual. At first I thought it might be a blue jay, but his colour is more greyish - we really don't usually have jays here as well, and it seems late to be migrating.

Thanks for reading Ger, and your comments!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks so much for your kind comment!

sandy said...

That is exactly how my geraniums looked last week. I did put a couple down cellar to save over the winter, but had way too many to do all of them.

I love the little spirit tree! Good for him!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks for reading here.
Do you keep any geraniums potted indoors?
I have always liked the look of geraniums at a kitchen window.
Yes, I like this tree too!

The Boston Lady said...

Brenda, what terrific pictures of perseverence against adversity! I am always amazed at the strength and tenacity of nature. Your pictures reminded me of the springs in Toronto when the crocuses would be the first to poke through the snow and say "it's over - it's spring!" Ann

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Hi, Ann,
Thanks for reading , and for you comment!