Green Green

The unfolding of spring this year has been unusually entrancing, or maybe it’s just that I’ve been more-than-usually entranced. In winter, I packed my little Canon PowerShot on late-afternoon walks when the gathering clouds promised a vivid sunset. These days I pack it on Trav’s and my morning walks just to see what new wonders spring has revealed.

I’m not sure I see more when I’ve got my camera along, but what I see seems more wondrous. Here’s some of what’s going on in my neighborhood these days.

green undergrowth

Along the driveway

In winter, green brambles and moss catch the eye. Now they’re shouted down by leafing-out huckleberry bushes, blueberry bushes, and all sorts of undergrowth. The oak foliage above is still a-borning.

Pretty soon the oak pollen will be turning the cars yellow-green and making some of us sneeze.

Pretty soon the oak pollen will be turning the cars yellow-green and making some of us sneeze.

Fledgling scrub oak leaves are startlingly red.

Fledgling scrub oak leaves are startlingly red.

Camera in hand, I notice raindrops on green leaves. It hasn’t rained much lately, but it rained Sunday night. This was taken on a still-overcast Monday morning.

wet leavesThe pines are green all year-round, but spring greens them in new ways.

Baby pine cones -- is Mama Tree giving me the finger?

Baby pine cones — is Mama Tree giving me the finger?

The pines are two-tone while they're putting out new growth.

The evergreens are two-tone while they’re putting out new growth.

Green and gray play together. From a distance it’s same old same-old. Up close it’s fascinating.

green and grayI’m told that green has more shades than any other color. How many of them are in this photo?

shades of green 2

This recently plowed field is Travvy’s favorite vole-pouncing ground. You can’t pounce on green. If you miss the vole at first pounce, then you can dig for it. travvy watches

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About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has two blogs going on WordPress. "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories" is about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard. "Write Through It" is about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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