Tag Archives: Spring

Botany 3.0

O WERE my Love yon lilac fair,
Wi’ purple blossoms to the spring,
And I a bird to shelter there,
When wearied on my little wing;
How I wad mourn when it was torn
By autumn wild and winter rude!
But I wad sing on wanton wing
When youthfu’ May its bloom renew’d.

O gin my Love were yon red rose
That grows upon the castle wa’,
And I mysel a drap o’ dew,
Into her bonnie breast to fa’;
O there, beyond expression blest,
I’d feast on beauty a’ the night;
Seal’d on her silk-saft faulds to rest,
Till fley’d awa’ by Phoebus’ light.
– Robert Burns

IMG_0894Dreamy Pond (New Orleans, 2012)

IMG_33421Standing to Attention (Kent, 2010)

IMG_48601Keeping Busy (Olympic Park, 2012)

IMG_45241Stamen Envy (Montreux, 2013)

IMG_33263Gently Does It (Canterbury, 2010)

IMG_06282Seemingly Perfect (Basel, 2013)

IMG_42582I like Lilies, So Sue Me (Lake Maggiore, 2013)

IMG_5373Folk Woodland (Yorkshire, 2014)

IMG_0782Pushing Through (Greenwich, 2014)

IMG_0673Painting With Orchids II (Kew, 2013)

Botany 2.0

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

– William Wordsworth

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Pollen Call (Ilkley: 2008)

red leaves

Against the Blue (Chatsworth: 2012)

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On the Topic of Green (Kew Gardens: 2013)

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Painting with Orchids (Kew: 2013)

pink and purple

Royal Blooms (St James’ Park: 2013)

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Dreaming (Canterbury: 2010)

yellow flowers

Sunrise (Dulwich: 2013)

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Clinging On (Forest Hill: 2009)