Spring is supposed to be a time of joy, renewal, optimism, sunshine. But sometimes, like Christmas, the stress of the season can be overwhelming. Those of us in any form of agriculture feel the pressure of weather, timing, the gamble of growing a crop which will pay our bills for the next 12 months. Weariness and worry can be shadowed with personal loss (RIP Nathan, Ernie, Sally).
But God sends us little reminders (and big ones!) that all is well.
Seemingly magically, tulips burst forth with bright, cheerful colors.
And fantastical forms.
Bold, blue muscari reflect the spring sky.
The Chestnut apple
and the Harelred apple trees tease us with delicate blooms that promise a harvest of pie and sauce.
And we are reminded that all will be well.