They are finally blooming! As a friend and I were pulling out of a parking lot the blooms in the top picture caught my eye. I pulled the car over and my friend graciously allowed me to jump out of the car to take some pictures of the marsh mallows. I had never seen blooms as wide as these. They were a lovely lavender and white. I then asked if we could take a ten minute drive to the one river where I know they bloom every year. We drove to the river, crossed the bridge and pulled over. I did not get out as I was worried about being hit by another vehicle so my friend rolled his window down and I took a few pictures. All the white dots are the blooms. It is a nice river though you really don’t want to go in it as the current as pretty strong. I have grown to love the marsh lands. Where I grew I up Massachusetts it was a lot of trees and stone walls with ponds. Not many rivers where I lived. They were more in western Mass or closer to Boston. Since I moved to Maryland I have lived on or near three different rivers. I love all the wildlife and plants that I can find around them. I can walk out my door and see dragonflies, butterflies, barn swallows, chimney swifts, purple martins, ospreys, mockingbirds, eagles, deer, turtles and all sorts of skinks and snakes. I am blessed.
Yesterday while I was walking an elderly dog I care for, we stopped to take a rest. While resting a painted lady butterfly landed on the dog’s back and stayed for a bit. It flew away and then returned again to the dog’s back before flying away for good. The butterfly came to a complete stop, resting it’s wings and just being. We all just stood and were for a minute-the dog, the butterfly and me. I was in awe and was grateful to witness it. I tried to get a picture but it was not meant to be. It was a little bit of a peaceful respite after waking up and hearing the awful news of what happened in Colorado. My heart breaks for the families and goes out to them. At times like this I find I need to ground myself a little bit and try to find a bit of good and happiness and the moment with the butterfly, dog and me was it. It was nice to lie in bed last night and listen to the rain and actually be a little cold after the oppressive heat and humidity we have had for a while. I enjoy connecting with my friends and with you. I hope you all have a good weekend and are able to find a bit of good and happiness if not a lot of good and happiness.