Saturday, 13 April 2013

Spring Awakening

North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Spring Awakening Durham Artist Ingrid Sylvestre Northeast UK

After the long winter and frozen spring, sunlight begins to shine upon the patiently budding daffodils lining the woodland paths.

Narcissus sylvestris ssp. giraffodil Ingrid Sylvestre

My favourite, Narcissus sylvestris ssp. giraffodil, is one of the first to appear and flowers long into the season, its graceful spotted blooms nodding in the breeze. Not a native to the British Isles, no-one really knows where it originates from.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum Ingrid Sylvestre North East artist

I love to walk among the trees in the moonlight when the daffodils are out. Their presence gives a powerful sense of joy and mystery.

The poem below, by Raph G. Neckmann, expresses the captivating wonder of a twilight wood of giraffodils.

From 'Raph's Ramblings'     (see all Giraffodil posts)

North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre giraffodils Durham artist

North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Durham North East England UK. English landscape paintings, English landscape painters, garden paintings, trees woods & gardens illustrations, Giraffe Lady, Giraffe World, Raph G. Neckmann, Raph's Ramblings. Landscape, nature, spirit of place, genius loci, celebration of place, visionary art. Fine Art paintings for sale, commissions.


RuneE said...

This was an immense post - just beautiful. Thanks to your giraffodil (loved that Latin name!), I may finally get some feeling of spring.
We haven't even got the common daffodils in bloom.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you RuneE! I hope your spring arrives soon. Today we have sunshine and I'm celebrating the opportunity to do some gardening! :)

Mark and Gaz said...

A beautiful post and poem :)

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Mark and Gaz! Glad you like it. :)

Barbara Martin said...

Lovely pictures and poetry.

Spring is making its way to Toronto. I've seen robins who herald warmer days, a huge willow tree in the neighbourhood with her drooping branches budding with leaves. Woods bring marvellous energy to the earth, as well as clearing the air of toxins and pollution.

Phoenix C. said...

Barbara thank you! Glad spring is appearing in Toronto. I love willow trees in bud (and in full leaf) - what a difference trees do make to our cities and villages!