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The Irony of the Crocus

This photograph demonstrates the beginnings of the beautiful veining we saw when the crocus petals had fully extended themselves. This image is previewed from the site "". Click on the crocus to enjoy and purchase beautiful photographs of nature.How sad that the first flower to bloom in the spring is so short that we are unable to appreciate its beauty unless we kneel close to the ground to admire its petals and stamens.

I regraded my back lawn last fall and rolled out fresh sod over the new earth. A few weeks ago, as soon as the snow melted, crocus buds began to appear in the grass. The bulbs must have found their way into the sod at the grass farm because I certainly didn’t plant them there.

This past weekend, our grandchildren came to visit us in Montreal. While playing in our back yard, they discovered the crocus buds. Knowing that these flowers were out of place, they asked permission to harvest them. They were so joyful to bring them indoors and asked that I place them in water. Well, you and I know that the crocus is not a flower for cutting, but these are kids and to humor them, I placed the buds in a tiny baby food jar that was low enough to support the cupped petals. This mini-vase was then placed in the center of the kitchen table.

By the next day, the crocus buds had opened to display the most intricately designed petals with beautiful purple-blue veins on a white ground, accented by the intense goldenrod color of the stamen. The more that the petals extended themselves outward, the more interesting the designs became. Those of us sitting around the kitchen table agreed that we had never been so close to a crocus petal before. It took the innocent enthusiasm of children to help us discover a beauty in nature that is sometimes hidden from view.

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