Have You Forgotten?

Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

Have you forgotten, she wonders,

her voice a gentle whisper in the quiet of my mind,

the sweet scented lilacs, the soft violet petals,

the rough and broken bark,

scrambling up to the branch small hands holding on tight.

On the first three days of May, I went to the Arboretum at sunrise. The Crabapple flowers were still on the trees. The lilac flowers had just started blooming. There were many Blue Phlox and Wood Anemone flowers in the woods.

A Red-bellied Woodpecker was playing hide and seek with me. I would hear him call and walk in the direction of the sound only to see the flash of his red head as he flew away. A pair of Northern Cardinals were eating tree seeds. On May 1st, an Eastern Towhee was singing from a branch near the top of the old tree at the entrance to the woods. The next day, I heard him sing again. As I walked up to the tree, a Northern Cardinal landed on one of the lower branches and added his song. Field Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and Black-capped Chickadees were flying around and singing in the Hawthorn trees on the edge of the meadow. An Ovenbird watched silently from the woods.

Leaning in to photograph the lilacs in the garden, I traveled back in time. There were lilac bushes in the front yard of the house I grew up in. Two apple trees stood in the backyard. There were violets, spring beauties, dandelions, clover, and thistles sharing the ground with the grasses. A yard is full of adventures for a small child. I am thankful I had one to explore.

May 1, 2015

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

Flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

Flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

Pear tree flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Pear tree flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

An Eastern Towhee resting and singing from a tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, (photo gallery).

Blue Phlox flowers at the base of a tree in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Blue Phlox flowers at the base of a tree in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

A pair of Northern Cardinals in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, (photo gallery).

A Red-bellied Woodpecker in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, (photo gallery).

A video of a Red-bellied Woodpecker calling in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

Wood Anemone flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Wood Anemone flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

A Violet flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

A Violet flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 1, 2015.

May 2, 2015

Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Crabapple tree flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

A Field Sparrow in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, (photo gallery).

A video of a Field Sparrow singing from a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

A Northern Cardinal singing from a tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, (photo gallery).

A video of the Northern Cardinal singing from a tree on the edge of the meadow, May 2, 2015. An Eastern Towhee was singing along from a branch higher up in the tree.

A Chipping Sparrow perched in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

A Chipping Sparrow perched in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

A video of the Chipping Sparrow singing from a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 2, 2015.

May 3, 2015

Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015.

Pear tree flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Pear tree flowers on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015.

A Black-capped Chickadee resting in a Hawthorn tree on the edge of the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, (Photo gallery).

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Blue Phlox flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015.

A Wood Anemone flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

A Wood Anemone flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015.

Wood Anemone flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

Wood Anemone flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015.

A Wood Anemone flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, "Have You Forgotten?"

A Wood Anemone flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015.

An Ovenbird watching from a tree in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, May 3, 2015, (photo gallery).

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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4 Responses to Have You Forgotten?

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    There’s a lot to enjoy here. Thanks for sharing. The pear tree was nice. We have pear trees all around where I live but the white blossoms are all just about gone now. They don’t stay long. I really liked the pics of the crabapples. I don’t think I’ve seen Phlox flowers before.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂
      Thanks for visiting! I am happy you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 The petals have fallen off of the pear and the crabapple trees here as well. I think phlox grows throughout the Midwest. If you have some woods nearby, you might find some. I was at the Arboretum last Saturday and the phlox flowers were still blooming along with some other flowers to be seen in the next post. 🙂

  2. Beautiful birds and flowers. Great to see such a range. Some of the flowers seem similar to Europe but those birds sure seem different!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kind thoughts! I have a lot of fun watching the birds. I imagine what they are thinking as they watch me walk by and I stop to photograph them. The Chickadee was looking particularly inquisitive. 🙂

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