August 9, 2015 … but soft! What light through yonder window …*

There are two definitions of spring.


From the entrance to the Belmont Regional Park, looking Eastward.

Meteorologists use September 1 as the start of spring in New Zealand. Astronomically, Spring begins at the equinox which is still six weeks away. No surprise, then, that my search for images yesterday was conducted in bleak conditions with occasional hail. At the top of Belmont (the suburb, not the hill), the view back down to the valley was chilling. The Eastern hills on the other side of the valley were drifting in and out of view as rain obscured them.


Mamaku, the black tree fern on the hills of Belmont

A little down the road, a nice stand of black tree ferns (Mamaku)  stood out from the scruffy pines in the background. Unlike the more common silver fern or Ponga, the Mamaku disposes of its dead fronds tidily, leaving nothing but a geometric scar on the trunk. They are the tallest of our tree ferns.


Well hello there, and welcome

But wait, that splash of gold by the roadside fence is surely a daffodil. Not yet open, to be sure, but nevertheless a welcome harbinger of better times to come.


We don’t care about the weather, we are going to dance anyway.

Sure enough, down in the valley I found a traffic island with a full complement of daffodils in beautiful bloom. They were bouncing about in the wind and rain, but they danced with the sheer joy of announcing the coming season.

I am uplifted.

  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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3 Responses to August 9, 2015 … but soft! What light through yonder window …*

  1. John Titchener says:

    1.* Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2. Attributed to Shakespeare, William.

    2. “There are two definitions of spring.”. A few years ago, Eleanor and I made a Voyage of Discovery to Canada, flying Air Canada. The cattle-class refreshments comprised very small plastic bottles of what the English-language label assured us was “Spring Water”. Fine. But being Air Canada, of course, they were required by law to have another label, in Français – which assured us that the water was, in fact, not “eau de source”, but “l’eau au printemps”.

  2. Cliff says:

    I prefer the Chinese and Celtic traditions, which make the equinox the _middle_ of spring. It makes more sense to me.

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