Category Archives: robins

Lilac Blossoms in the City

Picture of lilac blossoms in bloomOriginally I was going to post a picture of KC the dog for this week’s post,  but nature intervened with lilac bushes in bloom all throughout the city.

They fade quickly due to the desert sun, so I took a picture before it’s too late. A week from now the petals will be withered and blowing away in the wind.

This particular lilac bush has blossoms that remind people of Easter eggs that are colored a pastel purple.

You can smell the blossoms from many yards away. A rich aromatic scent that tickles the nose. A scent that makes me think of when I lived in Virginia (a place I now find surreal in its greenness whenever I travel back there–the sight of tall leafy trees and thick green grass growing without the need for irrigation is an amazing thing to me after so many years of living in the Southwest). Outside this city I live in is mostly hardy desert survivors like junipers and chamisa and tumbleweeds and cacti (such as the prickly pear cactus).

So I had to do lilacs this week. But I’ll post a picture of KC next week.

Enjoy Spring (or Fall, if you’re below the equator), Lynn

The Joy of Cherry Blossoms

Picture of cherry blossomsThe cherry blossoms are in bloom here in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwestern United States.  Here’s a picture of blossoms outside my home office.

Rajah, our cat, is all excited about the cherry trees blooming, because it means the robins are back for 2014. He loves to stare out the office windows to watch them hop around in the cherry trees. He gets great exercise from all the leaping up and down to the office windowsills each day.

Cherry trees are a definite bird magnet (for obvious reasons). The robins and wood doves make sure each year that we don’t have cherries that go rotten on the ground or in the trees. They strip the trees clean, but we are usually able to pick enough cherries for ourselves beforehand that we don’t mind that the birds are eating up the rest.

The blossoms have a sweet (but not overpowering) smell that is wonderful. Their petals are very soft and delicate, and soon will fall like confetti when the spring winds blow.

May you all find something wonderful in nature to look at this week.

Until next time, L