So said Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., may he rest in peace.
Welcome to Good Planets, where I do little more than post your beautiful photographs. These images offer us some of the very best views of planet Earth and some of the very best reasons to be mindful of our stewardship to her. Most of the photos sent in reflected the season: Spring is on her way. Actually, she made her entrance and then seemed to forget her lines in some parts of the country. A warm thank you to everyone who submitted a photo and if I somehow missed you, please send me a reminder (or a late entry), and I’ll get that up, asap.
Bev, at Burning Silo, sent this photo taken at the Lincoln and Mary Ellsworth Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where even the ferns are larger than (some) life.
Marilyn gets around. She has a son here in Florida so she came to visit earlier this season but back home, where she lives in Pennsylvania, well, Spring did forget her lines. She sends me a photo of an ice covered weeping willow taken near Gettysburg. And the sun will set here later, but first- a lovely sunrise on an early morning walk at Ocean Point, Maine.
Although this was always a welcome harbinger of Spring in the Michigan woods, I’d never seen variations other than white and red. Karen, of Rurality sent this photo of a green version of Trillium cuneatum.
Ann, aka Bunnygirl’s, first picture reminded me of a romantic summer day I spent at a rock quarry in New England; this quarry is being reclaimed by nature on Mt. Ascutney in Vermont. She also passed along a picture of this delightfully rustic outdoor art gallery on Monhegan Island, Maine.
Yankee T sent one photo and then followed with another and together, they speak to the ephemeral nature of Spring. The first shows the majestic Japanese Magnolia he passes daily on his way to work in early March. Then there is the same set of trees, three weeks later, when the magnolia is green, and the bare tree in front of it is transformed into a white dogwood in full bloom.
Susannah at Wanderinweeta spends days exploring the natural world of the Canadian Northwest. She passed along these two river photos; the western end of the Fraser River, from the Burnaby shore: a working river, wide, deep and strong. And then a glimpse of the Kettle River, in the interior, rushing and noisy.
The Pacific Northwest is flush with fine photographers with an eye tuned to Mother Nature. Skylarker sent these two photos and I found myself wanting to be in a hot air balloon over these Skagit Valley tulips. The balloon rides are a part of the annual Tulip Festival when fields are overflowing with springtime blooms. The second one was taken on Easter Sunday evening: a pastel sunset across Puget Sound from Whidbey Island, Washington.
Another blogger from the NW submitted a first time photo for Good Planets: Old Horsetail Snake. Hoo Boy! He titles his own artistic efforts “Green Leaf with Flower.” Wonderful! And I bet he doesn’t use a
geezer self stabilizing lens, either.
Kenju is a lucky bird who spends her days working wonders with flowers. She offers this perfect picture of new life.
Roxanne of Melange daily provides us with extraordinary photographs of the natural world, interspersed with feline tummies. (She does use a self stabilizing lens.) She sent these airborne- and almost airborne- beauties.
Finally, name that tune! Perhaps “Tis a gift to be simple” from Appalachian Spring? Robin Andrea of NewDharmaBums writes, “for me it quintessentially depicts spring, a song sparrow with her head thrown back singing her heart out.”