Fast and Fleeting

The glory days of springtime come fast and fleeting. Miss the trillium, and you have to wait a whole year to see it again. Migrating birds come, feed, and leave again while we sleep or work or are otherwise distracted. There never seems to be enough time in my spring; no way to capture it all before the symphony of greens gives way to summer. Still, I’ve managed some quick sketches in the woods and I was fortunate to be home when a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks showed up at the feeder.

16 Comments on “Fast and Fleeting

  1. So lovely! It is always the highlight of my day when I see the grosbeaks again. You ‘captured ‘ them perfectly.

  2. Beautiful work Jean I love your sketchbook I have messaged you on FB that I wanted to follow you here and lol I found out that I already follow your Blog! 🙂

  3. Stunningly beautiful… Could you please print out the poem that you included? I can’t read the entirety and would also like the author. Thank you for sharing Spring’s beauty.

  4. Spring takes so long to arrive and just like that it’s summer. I love your captures, particularly the birds. I have been lucky enough to see lots a white trilliums this year.

      • Agree, although peonies and lilacs certain are amazing, too. As of the weekend, the whites were still looking beautiful.

  5. Oh, I totally agree – the glory days, blink and they’re gone. Well said above! We have another Grosbeak out here. I used to love the Rose-breasted, but the Black-headed is great too, and has an equally wonderful song. Grosbeaks are easy to picture wintering in the tropics, aren’t they? Thanks for the drawing of the Mayapple, a favorite since early childhood, with the other Springtime classics.

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