Year of Grace, Day 106. At closer range

The other day while I was showing a friend the drops caused by guttation on the amaryllis, she noticed something I had not – the shimmer on the surface of the petals. In full sun, the shimmer twinkled like the finest of crystallized gold. The vermillion of the petals was amplified by the shimmer, especially at the turned up edges, which glistened like highly polished lacquer. It was indeed an awe-inspiring sight! What marvels wait to be revealed when we look at closer range at things we assumed we had thoroughly observed? The photo below gives but a poor reflection of this astonishing wonder.

Shimmer on amaryllis

Shimmer on amaryllis

A woodpecker visited the cherry tree while I was writing this, and permitted me to take a few photos while he or she had breakfast.

Woodpecker on cherry tree

Woodpecker on cherry tree

Woodpecker almost invisible against cherry trunk

Woodpecker almost invisible against cherry trunk

Yesterday I spied a few female flowers buds on the twisty hazel. I might be able to find some that have opened today. Here are the male catkins – they are a soft yellowy-beige and make a lovely sight against the white trunks of the birches, especially when a passing breeze shakes them gently and sets them shimmying.

Hazel catkins against birch trunks

Hazel catkins against birch trunks

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