Looking Out My Back Door – May 16, 2013

The rays of the morning sun were filtering down to earth through the trees this morning and I had to run right out there and try to photograph it.  Reality was better than this photographic image…but I tried.

Morning Light

Morning Light

You really can’t see it in the photo above but there is a rhododendon between the holly and the hardy orange that is just started to bloom.  The blooms start out a deep pink and soften to a light pink as they open fully.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

As I stood outside taking my photographs this morning, the thrush was serenading me. I’m not sure if it is a hermit thrush or a wood thrush, both are melodious.  Following is taken from “Birds Every Child Should Know” by Neltje Blanchan, Copyright 1907, Grosset & Dunlap:

” ‘Here am I’ come his three clear, bell-like notes of self-introduction.  The quality of his music is delicious, rich, penetrative, pure and vibrating like notes struck upon a harp….’Nolee-a-e-o-lee-nolee-aeolee-lee!’ peals his song from the trees.  Love alone inspires his finest strains…A song so exquisite proves that the thrush comes near to being a bird angel, very high in the scale of development, and far, far beyond such low creatures as ducks and chickens.”

The sweet smelling flowers of the viburnum are now spent.  However the lily-of-the-valley have filled the fragrance void with their delicious perfume.

Lily-of the-Valley

Lily-of the-Valley

A grouping of white lily-of-the-valley is near the patio and a cluster of soft pink lily-of-the-valley is near the entrance to the driveway.  The pink is not quite as large and not quite as fragrant as the white….but beautiful.

Pink and White Arrangement

Pink and White Arrangement

The azaleas near the patio are in bloom.  The orchid color are fully in blossom while the white and red are just starting to open.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could just keep each flower, tree and shrub at its colorful and fragrant prime.  What a riot of color and fragrance!  But then again, I guess you wouldn’t appreciate each in its own time. 

The huge rhodondendron opposite the azalea has not yet begun to bloom.  This one has prolific blooms one year and less so the opposite year and this is an off year.  But the azaleas this year are spectacular!  And the butterfly in the photo below seems to like them as well!  How nice of him or her to let me snap a photo.

Butterfly on Azalea

Butterfly on Azalea

I wish I could infuse this post with the sweet smell of the lily-of-the valley and the warblings of the thrush!  And that’s the way it is the morning of May 16, 2013.

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