Friday, April 9, 2010

Davening


Honestly, it's too much. Seriously.

I sing praises for rain. I offer prayers of thanks. I open my window and breathe deeply - because I can! My head bows low in gratitude for the arrival of the cold front last night in Washington DC.

Spring has been so impatient this year. All of the green world has been in a frenzy of popping, blooming and bombing the landscape with pollen. Yikes. The nice cold rain last night brought down the green dust. The temperature has dropped by 35 degrees F. What a relief!

Gods and goddesses of springtime blossom and pollination, listen up: May cooler heads prevail!! THANK YOU!!

I've been trying to capture the incredible magic of this wysteria vine for years. Though the collage below falls far short of truly representing its magnificence, at least you get the idea of how HUGE it is, how FABULOUS it is as it twists and winds up the front of a BEAUTIFUL, three-story Victorian on Lincoln Park. Every year I stop and stare. All I can say is: wow.

29 comments:

glnroz said...

good morning, Ms Reya,, Such a treat to get back in the office (after several days) so I can see the sights that I have been missing and the interesting twists that you allow us to read..glenn

Marian Wiseman said...

I am also so thankful for the rain, since it means you can come out to play.
Also it means I don't have to water my cute little plants that are just doing great.

Reya Mellicker said...

Yes, Marian, martinis! Tonight! Yayyyy!!

Mrsupole said...

Those are just beautiful shots of the flowers and to catch the one growing of the front of the house is just awesome. You have showed it off at just the right angle to capture how far it has grown and how beautiful it must look to everyone who passes by.

And the beauty in the first one is just beyond words.

Thank you for these two pictures and I am so happy you are able to breathe today. Blessed be that the air has blessed you with cleanliness.

God bless.

Spiny Marshmallow said...

Wow indeed. I Just love your visual vignettes of DC. Hows that yellow door with the purple...and those blossoms..? Shew amazing

Linda Sue said...

Wysteria photo - you did it justice! Wysteria around here is very nearly a weed but offers a lot of privacy along tops of fences, since the fence restriction is 6' added wysteria can jack it up to eight or nine legally!
I am wondering if you could travel about with a squirter bottle, a mask and some goggles to make it through the spring pollen- just tell everyone that your mother is Japanese, they will understand.

Lynne said...

Beautiful photos, Reya! I love that first shot with all the different colors! Did you take this last week or are your blooms still holding up?

Glad you're feeling better now that the rain has helped to wash away some of the pollen. Our oak tree exploded overnight last nigh. Aren't you glad you're not here? :)

The Pollinatrix said...

I love love love wisteria. That is one awesome vine!

Jane said...

I'm going to show that photo to my wisteria and see if it wants to do that this year!

Nancy said...

I love wisteria. We used to have a very large one that draped our a patio, with large bouquets of flowers hanging down every spring. sigh

Cyndy said...

I really want a wisteria - I just need to figure out where to put it! That is a gorgeous old vine.

ellen abbott said...

Wisteria is one of my all time favorites and that one is magnificent! The rain missed us...again. My rain barrels are empty.

Reya Mellicker said...

Ellen I hope the rain makes its way in your direction soon!

The top pic was taken yesterday when I snuck out for a super fast walk. I HAVE to get outdoors every day, even when the pollen is flying.

Thanks, Glenn and Mrsupole!

Linda Sue we are a very tightly wound, conversative bunch here in Washington DC. We don't wear goggles or carry squirt bottles, not ever. There would be no explaining; people would cross the street to avoid me!

Karen said...

Oh, thank you for that wisteria collage! That's one thing I really miss... we don't have much of that here, not like in other places I've lived...

willow said...

That is the mother of all wisteria! It's fabulous! I was thrilled to see that mine survived its first winter at the manor, the snow and deer.

JoeinVegas said...

We brought a wisteria from San Diego here to the desert, it seems to be doing well but we see few others. Bulbs do poorly here, but most desert plants have tons of pollen, and unfortunatley we never had allergies before but are developing them now.
Thanks for all the flower photos.

steven said...

reya - i rode home through blowing snow tonight. luckily i dressed for late winter early spring. no flower blossoms here to grace the journey but snow blossoms in abundance!!! steven

Hecate said...

That must be Chinese wisteria. That stuff will even kill kudzu. Such a lovely color. It's between periwinkle and blue and purple and . . . . I have some growing on my shed and the flowers are the exact color of my shed and of a bluejay's wings.

Reya Mellicker said...

Steven - the snow ponies are still galloping through your landscape? Wow. Hard to imagine ... no wonder you love summer so much.

Thanks Joe in Vegas.

Mary Ellen said...

I love all these spring pictures - and hope your allergies abate soon. I'm glad my immune system is friends with the out-of-doors.

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Steve said...

We got the cold blast too. Whew! :)

Pauline said...

wow doesn't begin to cover the astonishment of that wisteria! so glad you can breathe again though could we let the temps warm up just a tad? it may freeze here tonight!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

The wisteria is amazing. Happy you captured it this year!

John Hayes said...

That is one wow wisteria for sure! Beautiful photos.

Gary said...

I am with you Reya and happy it has cooled.

We has wysteria blooming above our front steps. Truly spectacular - perhaps not a wow, but a good gasp.

lettuce said...

ah wonderful wisteria

i'm looking forward to some spectacular wisteria which flowers in greenwich, up the front of regency houses. Ours are just buds at the moment though

Angella Lister said...

honestly, your pictures make DC look like the most beautiful city on earth!