Spring has finally loosed all its charms here in the Arkansas Ouachitas. Even the dogwoods have caught up — blooming just in time for Easter.
Black and white warbler singing his songs in the Arkansas Ouachitas this morning.
Following the deer trails this morning, these bright, chrome yellow coreopsis were like beacons in the shadow of the oak, hickory and pine canopy.
I love the shape of grape leaves — deeply lobed, with lovely curves and points and essential to the beautiful fruit they will eventually help create. They are especially beautiful in their youth — blushing, satiny and untouched by disfiguring phylloxera or other pests.
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/
It seems red-heads or “gingers” get a lot of grief. I suppose it’s because they stand out, as does this little cedar tree.