Saturday, May 04, 2024

When blooms litter the ground

London, ON
June 2023
This photo originally shared on Instagram

We’re in that blink-and-you-miss-it time of year when the trees and bushes explode with vibrant blooms, only to shed their brilliance before most of us have a chance to appreciate the show.

Which leaves us with a choice: either sigh wearily and get on with our day, or crouch down and take a closer look at what’s left before time and winds whip them into oblivion.

So that’s what I do on this gently sunny Saturday morning as Calli the Wonderschnauzer patiently sniffs the grass nearby. The two of us have evolved a bit of a routine around dog walks and spontaneous photography, and I often forget to thank her for giving me a reason to get out with a lens in the first place.

As I compose this moment down at my feet, I ponder how temporary it is, and how a simple bloom from a nearby tree deserves to be the centre of attention before it disappears forever. Come to think of it, we all do.

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