This spectacular mustard field growing amidst vineyards in Sonoma County captured the hearts and imaginations of many folks who traversed this two lane road this weekend, mine included! I’d set out with the intention of capturing images this week in between the rains that came and went, knowing full well that I was doing the one thing I could do to extend the very brief time these blossoms would be showcasing this particular part of their life cycle this year. Because like it or not, unseasonably warm weather allowed so many plants to enjoy a false early spring, only to be slammed with days and days of frigid temps–and snow! You can imagine how I might be motivated to prolong the false start with my camera, knowing the beauty that has surrounded me these last couple of weeks was about to be cut very very short. So here’s my tribute to an early “spring” and if I get nostalgic (soon) I will at least be able to visit my own post and grin a bit.
It’s raining, it’s pouring,
The old man is snoring.
He bumped his head, and he went to bed,
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.
I treasure this display immeasureably, so the early emerging of the browning edges on these flowers is a disappointment I will have to weather.
The rain is raining all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
The beauty of these rushing waters is not lost on me. They are a part of my regional heritage and I know, love and respect the natural cycles of Northern California. I have lived through floods, earthquakes and mudslides. They come with the territory of life in this part of the state. Being prepared and cautious gets one through the challenges inherent in choosing to live here.
At day’s end the billowing clouds over the mustard fields are already threatening rain as I return northward to Mendo where I am greeted by the small colorful display before my old Buddha, safe out of the falling rain. I am home.
Love and winter blessings,
Book News: Bookshop Santa Cruz staff has honored Plant Whatever Brings You Joy by placing it on their Staff Favorites shelf! This touched my heart! Thank you!
Posted on February 20th, 2011 by Kathryn
Filed under: People at Life