Still Learning To See

“Awe and wonder”

The Shad (Amelanchier) is in full bloom providing an early source of nectar and pollen to insects and, later, fruit to birds (and me).

Yes, as our friend Julia reminds, it really works to focus my attention on “awe and wonder.” Each day overflows.

I’ve worried all week—one full of cold, rain, wind and a few spots of sun—about whether or not the Shad (Amelanchier) blooms would be pollinated. The almost daily drone of Bumblebees (Bombus), among others, suggests they will be, at least enough for a moderate crop of their delicious fruit.

A Bumblebee (Bombus) one of many reliable pollinators hard at work on Pulmonaria blossoms. The buzzing I hear comes from their wing muscles vibrating. Who knew?!

When I lift my head and open my eyes and simply give life my attention, I am in awe at and full of wonder about this remarkable jewel of a planet we co-inhabit.


This entry was published on April 27, 2012 at 9:42 am and is filed under Flowers, Spring, Trees. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on ““Awe and wonder”

  1. Deborah Leu on said:

    wonderful shot. love how its head is totally inside. couldn’t agree more with your comment – taking time to behold results in amazing wonderment.

  2. What a delight to discover that your “shad” was known to me as a “serviceberry”! I only made one attempt to bake a shad/serviceberry pie, since they have such a delicate flavor which was lost in the baking. “A rose by any other name” 🙂

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