Have you looked around lately? I mean really looked around. The hills and mountains around us have changed dramatically seemingly overnight.
What just a week or two ago was the dull brown landscape has changed subtly each passing hour, until all of the sudden it is awash with vibrant colors. They are the colors of Spring no less.
It started out slowly, with a few of the early bloomer flowers poking up even before the snow was totally gone. These bright little hardy flowers are always a welcome sight after a long cold winter. They often are our first glimmer of hope that the cruel winter is on its way out.
Next, what has been a dead brown mat of vegetation for months, starts to have something different about it, just the slightest hint of color. Before long you can start to notice the green shoots of new grass coming to life beneath the lifeless brown rug.
All of the sudden the pale brown is suddenly replaced by bright green almost as if by magic. Wait, that green is starting to spread to the trees, they are starting to show life as well with just a wisp of new vibrant leaves starting to show.
This is where things really start to take off. Once the trees start to pop, it seems that the forest gets into a competition to see which trees can get the brightest color in the least amount of time.
If you live in the mountains this time of year you have no trouble figuring out how they come up with all those colors in a box of crayons. Mother Nature’s palette is endless and she likes to use the whole box.
All around us are the colors of spring. The redbuds are in full bloom in their shades of red from soft pink right up through a deep purple. The white and the pink flowers of the dogwood tree are starting to show their true colors as they start to bloom.
You have the soft glow of the orange to red tint of the fresh soft leaves as they emerge in the varied and diverse hardwood forested hillsides. Oh, don’t forget every shade of green imaginable as the leaves that have already broken free from their winter buds start to grow and collect the precious sunlight.
Even more brilliant colors dot the roadsides, travel corridors, or even the overgrown field edges where more sunlight is allowed to those trees and shrubs a little shorter in stature. The electric yellow of the forsythia bush is a common site all around the Mountain State and is always an eye catcher with its sprawling yellow limbs being a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape.
The list goes on and on with the blooms soon to arrive on those apple, pear, peach and cherry trees. It really is a tapestry that any artisan would be proud to produce and one we get to see year after year.
So while you go about your daily routine, take a minute to slow down and look around. Honestly, you don’t have to slow down all that much, just glance out your windshield as you travel down the highways and by-ways at all the color that surrounds us.
If you want a real sense of wonder, pay attention day by day as the colors change daily as you travel your regular route. If you watch, you will see the changes take place before your eyes and they are amazing.
Mother Nature has taken the time to color a beautiful scene and it is definitely worth giving up a few moments of your busy day to admire and appreciate it. Crayola definitely doesn’t have anything on her!