I was in Boston last weekend and hoped to share some spring photos from some of my favourite places there. But no luck. Instead of sunny April, the days felt like frigid, rainy March. And then came Monday, with the horrific Marathon bombings.
|Forsythia in bloom at the Arnold Arboretum|
Rhododendron and apple trees were in bloom, but temperatures in the week or two before had been so warm that the cherry trees had passed their peak.
|Apple blossoms are a delightful contrast to a clear blue sky.|
|A turtle basks beside a carnivorous pitcher plant.|
|Water races through the woods at The Garden in the Woods,
home of the New England Wildflower Society.
This year, all is different. Not only because of the weather but because of the hateful act that killed and maimed so many.
Thousands of volunteers contribute their time each year to make the Boston Marathon a success. That, I’m sure, will continue.
Not this year. How could they? Here are two photos of my part of the world, taken by a neighbour on April 12.
I haven’t been at Glen Villa for over a week now. Almost certainly the snow has melted, and perhaps by the time I get there, daffodils and forsythia will be in bloom. I hope so — I need some cheeriness right now.
Let me end on a positive note, with a photo I took just before we left Boston, only hours before the bombs exploded. The forsythia may be behind schedule, but it blooms nonetheless.
|Forsythia blooms in Boston|