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Look a Little Closer

There were numerous reports this fall about foliage being less than spectacular. And it’s true. It was not a colorful year for many reasons, apparently, many of them sad. And yet. Well, I’ll be honest. I find myself a little irritated that leaf peepers expect outstanding beauty to be right in their line of vision as they fly by in their vehicles. With weather getting more and more erratic (an October snowstorm rages outside as I type), those seeking natural beauty may have to try a little harder. You might have to slow down. You may have to get up early. You may actually have to GET OUT OF YOUR CAR and GO FOR A WALK IN THE WOODS. Yes, I’m shouting. I’m sorry but you need to take a closer look. Beauty abounds. Here’s some of what I found while making just a small effort this fall…

 

Spring Hasn’t Sprung

Most years (with last year being a notable exception) springtime here in Maine does not mean the same thing as it does to much of the rest of the country. In early April, lakes are usually still partially frozen and typically there is some snow on the ground, if not an all out snowstorm at some point. By the end of the month, crocuses, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are making a timid start. Lawns start to resume having a bit of green here and there, and trees are beginning to bud. As eager as we are to go outdoors in a single layer instead of six and slather on sunscreen, I still manage to find beauty in this season of damp days and moody skies. For the record, though, I would welcome a bit more brightness in May! Here are a few shots of the Maine landscape from the month of April.