We share many things, this Dutch Iris and I
Both tall and slender, bask in warming weather
Country of heritage by name together
Blue edged with gold in the iris of my eye
First sighting of this vibrant, early spring perennial field flower for 2017. Commonly called Bird’s Eye Speedwell, Persian Speedwell, or Winter Speedwell, Veronica persica flowers are barely large enough to cover a fingertip and thus are easily overlooked. It originally hails from the Asian continent, and tends to spread more easily by cut stems via mowing action versus seed. Considered by many a ‘pesky weed’ that takes advantage of weak patches in struggling lawns, I delight in spotting the tiny, sapphire-striped wanderer.
The shapes and tones in this photo of lichen and fallen Beech leaves seemed to fit perfectly with the Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract by The Daily Post. Sunlight’s play of light and shadow made a natural vignette effect, enhancing the abstract feel. This photo was taken while on a spiritual retreat last summer in Le Roy, Michigan.