Weekend Snapshot #11

In keeping with a “wishful thinking” sort of post–and because I didn’t leave the apartment this weekend–I thought I’d post a picture taken on transparency film many, many weekends ago, of daffodils, truly taken “along the margin of a bay”…

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

– William Wordsworth, Daffodils (1804)

Why not participate in this week’s Weekend Snapshot?

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All Things Bloggy and Botanical

For all of you who, like me, are longing for the warm breezes and soft color of spring, you should visit Blotanical and take a virtual stroll through some of the beautiful gardens there. Whether you’re a novice, a wannabe, a container gardener or a seasoned pro, Blotanical has helpful tips, thoughtful posts, and beautiful photographs for every taste and level of gardening experience.

The site has certainly made this long, dreary winter seem a little more bearable–the anticipation and quickening pulses of those of us in the cooler zones are almost palpable in recent posts. You’ll find all things bloggy and botanical at Blotanical!


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

11 thoughts on “Weekend Snapshot #11”

  1. lovely daffs! I remember having to memorize that poem decades ago when they used to make us do things like that in school :)
    The only thing I can still remember from memory is that first paragraph but I still really adore the lyricism of that poem! Thanks for reminding us of that.

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  2. NO daffodils here, Nancy…but I’m quite sure the ducks will be landing in the back yard soon, the way it’s raining. Mind you, they’ll need iceskates…

  3. Ol’ Willie knew what was important! And so do you. These photos of this wondrous, hardy flower are magical. Just wonderful. God bless.

  4. Oh, goodness, Nancy, I just posted my own daffodils! Come look! Laughing. I am going to teach myself Botanical illustration this year and post it on the blog. I think I am going to post a pic of my cat like Blooming Writer!
    It was a very cool but beautiful day here and we actually got some yard work done. I am desperate for spring.

    Great pics and some lovely words.

  5. I love the photograph of the daffodils along with the accompanying poem, especially the line, ‘They lash upon that inward eye,Which is the bliss of solitude’.

    Blotanical has been great for finding gardens filled with lush blooms – it has made for a much easier end of winter.

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