How Many Shades of Green?

Today, I took myself and my camera for a walk to document everything green.

Following torrential spring rains, the river valley is quite wet and covered with fresh spring grass.

flooding in the river valley

Tiny sprouts of herbs, flowers, trees, and mosses are stretching towards the sky everywhere:

I also found this poem from one of my very early blogposts that has not been seen by many people:


Dragonfly iridescence
Subdued, tentative olive
Convincing hunter green
blending into
reliable, pine scented forest green
Succulent emerald of newborn spring grass
Sparkling turquoise ocean waters
Mossy, moist pillows at the foot of spruce
Lime green willows
spraying graceful arcs
Avocado butter rich.

Green is
Mother Nature’s breath,
her flowing hair,
her billowing garments.

Green is her blood,
pulsating and undulating,
nourishing and smothering,
dying and birthing herself
again and again.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: One Colour!

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31 Responses to How Many Shades of Green?

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Looks so verdant and healthy! Lovely pics~


  2. Love your green images, especially that lush moss, and your poem is wonderful. πŸ™‚


  3. Barneysday says:

    Love the farm picture. The green hills of Calif are beginning to turn brown from lack of water.


  4. I think I can lose myself in the new green of your photos. Without a drop of rain for 5 months, I long for green! Beautiful, Annette.


  5. Pat says:

    Lovely photos and lovely philosophy. Where are you from in Germany? I lived in Marburg and now blog from Switzerland. Glad to be connected on the ML Boulevard.


  6. Haralee says:

    Great photos, lovely prose, Ahhh Spring is all about the green!


  7. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful images and poem!


  8. pix & kardz says:

    gotta love green! this is such a beautiful time of year. thanks for sharing.


  9. Grace says:

    What a lovely poem! Thank you for all the shots of green, they were much needed! Our buds are still struggling to show here in CT!


  10. Anarette says:

    Such lovely shades of green. Nice poem too!


  11. Gosh, that moss is just gorgeous! There is a woman in Richmond who has an entirely moss garden. She grew tired of trying to get grass to grow under her tall pines. I haven’t seen the garden yet but have heard raves about from others.


  12. jpeggytaylor says:

    Beautiful greens. I love to see the new green growth of mosses in the Spring. I love your poem too.


  13. Oh green!!!! These photos and poem are both wonderful, clearly taken & written by a passionate and careful observer of nature. (We are down to our last patches of snow in the yard and with some sun and spring rain, the lawns should be greening up soon!)


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