Monday, April 24, 2006

Spring beauty

I found this clump of Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) nestled among the roots of a tree on my recent walk through the Tekakwitha Woods forest preserve near Elgin, Illinois. The niche in the roots provides everything this plant needs to thrive – rich organic matter, a basin to catch the rain and dappled sunlight.

Made in the shade, so to speak.

As nice as it is to find a niche in the roots to thrive on earth for a while, it’s better to find the roots that will provide for us forever.

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him …

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.


Empress Baggie said...


PhilB said...

Very nice. I'm looking forward to getting back to the bluebell wood again.