Today is May Day or Bealtaine, the traditional Celtic feast day dedicated to celebrating new life and nature.
Here in Kentucky our trees are in full leaf. Wildflowers color the fields and forests. The world is blooming, brimming over with new plants. The sun is shining, warming the air temperatures to promote new growth. Mother Nature is watering the earth with evening rain storms, helping to spread her palate of rainbow colors everywhere.
To continue this week’s celebration of Kentucky I thought I might share some photos of Kentucky’s wild flowers.
Grasses are growing high in meadows. Hikers are eager to wander along inviting trails.
Daisies glow in the bright sunshine.
Wild hyacinths beckon with delicate blossoms, peeping out between verdantly green leaves.
Flowers of every imaginable shade of purple, lilac, lavender and violet decorate our wooded trails.
Mother Nature’s showy display is in full force in Kentucky during the month of May.
St. Patrick’s Day is long past, and clover plants are flowering, distracting us from our quest for their ever-so-rare, four-leafed foliage.
Rhododendrons are blooming in hedgerows.
Wild columbines waft in the gentle breezes, awaiting hovering humming birds to sip their precious nectar.
The forest floor is carpeted in purple petals.
And festively decorated in garland-like stems.
And sometimes when you pause a butterfly synchronizes his fluttering wings to the rhythm of your breathing; opens his wings, then suspends them for one solitary moment in time while you click, capturing nature’s sheer beauty.
(I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized I had actually captured a butterfly with open wings. I have tried and failed to do so many times in the past. )
Kentucky is beautiful in May. I hope these pictures give you a little glimpse of Mother Nature’s Kentucky dream.
If you are interested in finding out more about Kentucky’s wild flowers here is a link for a great guide – Pocket Field Guide: Kentucky Wildflowers.
Bealtaine Shona Daoibh Go Léir
Happy May Day to all.
Slán agus beannacht leat!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom