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I was looking at the tulips in my front yard and this line by Gerard Manley Hopkins “sprang” to mind:

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.


Hopkins was brilliant.  He could write amazing, inspirational lines expounding on the beauty of nature, and then descend into depressing, loathsome words running himself well into the ground for being less than a worm on a cosmic scale.  I love this guy.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.


8 responses

  1. Excellent shot. I am looking for more signs of spring here, but the weather turned cold again briefly.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    • Well, that’s no fun.

      Thanks for the nice words.

      March 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

  2. Another wonderful shot with that lens. Those colours are so deep.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    • Thanks, Wallace. I’m loving the lens. I love the depth of field, or lack thereof, with it.

      March 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  3. pen2sword

    Great blog. Just had to say.

    March 30, 2010 at 7:51 am

  4. Gorgeous picture.
    As for the real deal, we have to wait until late May for Tulips to show their beautiful faces 🙂

    March 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

  5. momromp

    We moved into a home with a yard covered by shade and moss, so our tulips didn’t grow this Spring. Thanks for the picture; it’s a nice replacement for the real thing.

    March 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    • Thanks. We’ve had Spring here since mid-January. Which makes cosmic sense – Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics and there was nary a flake of snow to be had anywhere near Vancouver. Crocuses were breaking through back in January and February. Tulips in March. Hooray for global warming (on the Wet, uh, West Coast).

      March 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm