ON A RECENT MAY MORNING, I stepped outside with my aged camera, a Canon EOS 20D DSLR. I hoped to photograph the cardinal I’d heard shrilling within hearing distance. But when I scanned the woods behind my house and the adjoining properties, no flash of red appeared. The sharp song, too, had ceased.
Instead, I spied a gold finch hidden among the branches of the backyard maple.
I noticed, too, the green of leaves, how the morning sun danced a rhythm of light.
No green seems greener than the green of Minnesota in spring. After months of enduring a monotone world of greys, black, browns and white, I need color. Spring gives me that.
The sky, too, seems bluer, asserting itself with a profound boldness.
Yet, a softness remains in the landscape, in the unfurling of blossoms dancing in the wind in the light of spring.
© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling