Still Learning To See

Unexpected delights


The world often delights me, and often unexpectedly so.  A short walk in the woods or a meadow or even along a country road is for me often akin to sitting in the front row of a fine orchestra with Joshua Bell playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major—astonishing!

On a walk today to a little stream in Middlesex, my friend Rob and I came upon a large group of Eastern Red Columbine plants growing on a rock face. Seeing such a grand grouping was certainly unexpected and, as you can see, a great delight.



This entry was published on May 18, 2017 at 5:57 am. It’s filed under Flowers, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Photograph, Vermont and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “Unexpected delights

  1. Dale on said:

    What a treat. Thanks for sharing. Our gardens are exploding with beauty, but you still can’t beat Mother Nature.

  2. Julia on said:

    Delights, indeed! I’m especially taken with the idea of the difference in seeing the “big picture” of the entire group, and then the incredible close-up on just one intricate flower. “Seeing” comes in many sizes, and you are always able to “see” at all those different levels. Thanks for yet another marvel 🙂

  3. Dianne Shullenberger on said:

    You have started my day on a lovely note, contrary to what the radio does. To look at natural beauty is the perfect way to stay healthy. If the weather is good, I’ll see you tomorrow at 2. D


  4. ehwfram on said:

    I always enjoy reading your take and seeing your photos — sharing in the wonder you find right out your backdoor. It’s an important reminder of the riches all around us to be had for exactly $0.

  5. Deborah Leu on said:

    Beautiful – one of my favorite wildflowers. Reminds me of the wildflower study I did at MSU. Long ago, but great memories.

  6. Karen Dailey on said:

    I am totally amazed by the colors represented with seeming ease on these columbines: the very purple upper tips, magenta then deep pinks, on to yellows and even greens. The stamen are elegant. Such perfect design! Thanks for helping me SEE it! xxoo

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