From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Almost Spring

Daffodil days are at hand.


Daffodils almost blooming

Today has been such a lovely, warm sample of spring. Some of my daffodils ("buttercups", as they say in Kentucky) near the house are starting to bloom.

It doesn't sound like tomorrow or Tuesday will be good days for taking pictures of spring flowers. Tomorrow (Monday), we're supposed to get heavy rain. Tomorrow night there's supposed to be more heavy rain, and then we have an 80% chance for rain and/or sleet and/or snow on Tuesday. A flood watch is in effect tomorrow and tomorrow evening.

It may slow the daffodils down for a day or two, but they'll be in glorious bloom by this time next week.

The Savior, More Beautiful than Spring

At church this morning, we sang "Beautiful Savior," a 16th-century German Jesuit hymn that has a nice verse about spring. Here's verse 2 as translated by Joseph A. Seiss (1823-1904.)

Fair are the meadows,
Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

If you're not Lutheran, you may know the hymn as re-translated by Seiss, some years later: "Fairest Lord Jesus."

Daffodils in bloom

2 comments:

Larry said...

You are farther south than I am -- I'll have to wait a few more weeks for the first spring flowers. I liked your Seiss hymn translation!

Genevieve said...

Hi, Larry. The daffodils are a bit late this year. Here, they often start blooming in February -- though sometimes they get snowed on.

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