We have just passed the spring equinox and slowly we can feel things coming to life around here. In the northern hemisphere, there is no evident new growth or green yet, but the feeling in the air, and the songs of the birds promise that we will soon see flowers again.
While the landscape is still dead looking and colourless, the sun feels strong. It’s a good idea to get out and absorb some of its rays and the energy it offers.
Looking closely on the branches and twigs we can see buds slowly developing. They start to appear in February, taking their time until they will finally open, well over a month later. It’s funny that a lot of people in this region start to think about Spring already at the end of January, when really it’s quite a while away from that point! And it unravels so slowly and delicately … we don’t start to see colour and blooms until April. I think this is overlooked because most people don’t go outdoors much.
I thought this alder twig was a neat representation of this time between winter and spring. It still has its cones from last season while at the same time showing the growth of new buds.
One way that I am keeping with the seasons and connecting with nature is by working on my botanical illustrations and nature studies. There’s really nothing more beautiful and organic to sketch, in my opinion :).
Happy Spring! Do you do anything to celebrate?