Spring Comes Slowly

‘Tis a month before the month of May, and the Spring comes slowly up this way. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Spring in the marsh is about patience and attention to details. While elsewhere, the crocus, daffodils, tulips, and crabapples are in colorful profusion, spring has a much more austere arrival in the marsh.

Over the last month, I made four treks into the same wetlands I filmed this past fall and winter. I’ve always appreciated the beauty of the marsh, but have never paid as close attention to its chronology of changing seasons until I began this project. Looking for signs of new growth in early April felt like a needle-in-a-haystack search. I was sure that spring would mean the cattails would be bursting forth in green, or at least showing some bare signs of emerging from the ground anew. Silly me. Ironically, I found that this time of year, when everything is blooming outside the wetlands, the marsh cattails and grasses are actually more brittle and decayed than any other season I’ve witnessed yet.

I don’t know why I expected spring to burst forth from the center outwards, but I did. What I saw instead was that new growth seemed to be working its way in to the marsh from the fringes, from the treetops down and from the edges inward. Once again, Mother Nature showed me that what she can conjure up is far better than what I can imagine.

 Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored. ― Oscar Wilde

 

Filmed between April 12th and May 9th of this year in the marsh behind The Marsh health and wellness center in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Musical track, Hire Purchase [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0], written and performed by Irish guitarist, Cian Nugent, was made available through freemusicarchives.com. Sounds of marsh birds recorded by dobroide and nicStage and shared at freesound.org.

8 Comments on “Spring Comes Slowly

  1. We’re delighted to post Lucy’s inspiring video on themarsh.com as well. The marshland featured in this piece is located behind The Marsh A Center for Balance & Fitness in Minnetonka

    • Thanks so much, Dayna. I appreciate your sharing the video from The Marsh website, as well. I draw inspiration from the marsh behind The Marsh continually and feel quite humble in my efforts to capture it and pay homage to the ever-changing yet always gorgeous scenery there. There’s a link to your site in the credits text above. I hope it might encourage people to check out the remarkable place that The Marsh is. I have the utmost respect for Ruth Stricker’s visionary leadership for the past 30 years creating such a unique space for wellness of mind, body an spirit.

  2. Pingback: Summer in the Marsh | studio-lu

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