Monday, May 11, 2009

Easter in May

Since the Easter season is still going strong, liturgically, it encourages all of us to continue our awe at the new life that makes up spring. Since we took a walk along Seven-Mile Creek down to the lake last week, I thought a trip just around the backyard might be nice--to show you our world as it appears these days.

Here's my attempt at being artsy: a blossoming tree with our gazebo in the background and St. Scholastica through another blooming bush.

On the south side of the inner courtyard are a number of trees that show amazing colors in April and May. And, starting May 2nd, we began to see hummingbirds at our feeders. This one is in the cloister walk that connects the dining room to the chapel. So if you walk slowly and don't rush past this window...

And, finally, though this is 1/2 mile up Troupe Rd. not really in our backyard, I couldn't resist. Driving home this weekend past Port Erie Plastics I spied this year's goslings with their parents. The plastics plant has a large pond right beside the road and every year a pair of Canada Geese graces us with the first appearance of their new family. Here are four of the dozen I saw crossing the asphalt between the pond and the grassy area with one of their parents---joining the other parent and the rest of the gang. Isn't the background quite the sight?

"I rejoice heartily in the Holy One,
in God, the joy of my life.
I have been clothed with a robe of salvation,
enfolded in a garment of justice,
like a bridegoom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride arrayed with jewels.

As fresh life springs up from the earth,
like a garden's promise in spring,
so shall God make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations..."

Isaiah 61

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