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APRIL SNOW

Between March 31 and April 4 I had posted photos of the Cherry Blossom Trees ringing the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC in full bloom — a clear indication that spring had arrived. After all, March has always been characterized as “…in like a lion, out like a lamb.” But then, how can one begin to trust the whims and vagaries of weather! On April 7th we all woke up to a last gasp of winter —the brand new mantle of foliage and the blossoms covered in a dusting of snow. I took the photo in the front of my house below skies still threatening to strike again.

Amberlee Spurling must have been inspired by just such an event when she composed (in April 1989):

Under the april snow
Stood a roset blooming
Petals ached beneath the ice
Not a cold wind burst the petty flower
In a beautys time

Acame the flowert bright
Against the cold mid winter

Under the april snow
Stood a roset blooming
Drinched with its dirty paste
Dried and still assuming

Razzel red it slendor shines
Through the frozen grass
Twisting perrfection
like a porcline glass

Under the april snow
Stood a roset blooming
When half spent was the night
Wilted and shrunk

Petals lay about the spot
Under the april snow

Nikon D-70, 18-70 mm lens, no filter, no tripod. Despite much temptation, I did not succumb to increasing the color saturation, or the contrast, proffering the view as it really appeared. I would welcome other views on this issue.

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