The Ouachitas’ big autumn show is winding down and the forest is wearing a decidedly more subtle palette these days.
This week’s photo challenge, “beginning,” is an excellent way to start the year. Our entry represents the beginning of a new cycle for our native dogwood trees. These buds are just awaiting spring’s arrival. (The beginning of spring seems like a long way away when the wind chill is in the single digits. Brrrrr.)
Other beginnings we liked this week:
- Mysterious path: http://lonelytravelog.com/2014/01/05/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/
- Lilies: http://illuminatingtheinvisible24.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/beginning/
- Baby feet will eventually take baby steps: http://thehomeyliving.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/
- A fledgling: http://inkhammer.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/wordpress-photo-challenge-beginning/
- A tiny tendril: http://thatslight.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/
- Signs of a new beginning: http://heidrunjaenchen.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/
Things are certainly looking up in this week’s challenge!
Other ups for the day:
- Up in Balboa Park, San Diego: http://photodreamin.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up/
- Frangipani: http://sherrygaley.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up/
- Upscale digs: https://good2begone.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/up-scale-realty/
- Through glass to sky: http://teepee12.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-through-glass-to-sky/
- Branching up: http://theruminantautiodidactic.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/photo-challenge-up/
- London ups: http://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-2/
- Canine, feline, high pop up: http://bashert04.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-2/
- Tender, touching and uplifting: http://magicbusstop.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-2/
And the challenge mother page: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-2/
Trolling the woods for something to shoot this morning. Not much going on this morning; just some fresh raccoon scat, dead insects and hickory nuts with the nut meat removed. Did like the backlit leaves. This gallery combines images from this morning with ones taken earlier this month.
The sky is cloudless and the temperatures are already in the 80s with the sun is just over the yard arm. The magenta wild phlox caught my eye rolling down the road to the recycling center. It was a given that when I got back, the camera and I were taking a walk down the road. I’d also seen the leaves of crested iris poking some 3-4 inches above the leaf litter, but didn’t expect to see any flowers until later this month. Surprisingly, many of them on the darker, cooler north slopes were blooming. Of course, native dogwoods were in their white glory today, their flowers capturing sunlight filtering through the quickly closing canopy.
There are legends about the Dogwood and Good Friday, but it is still a beautiful Eastertide sign, blooming wild in the Ouachita understory.