I Went to the Woods Yesterday …

The month of May, the merry month of May,
So long awaited, and so quickly past.
The winter’s over, and it’s time to play.

I saw a hundred shades of green today
And everything that Man made was outclassed.
The month of May, the merry month of May.

So carpe diem, gather buds, make hay.
The world is glorious. Compare, contrast
December with the merry month of May.
Now is the time, now is the time to play.

The Merry Month of May by Thomas Dekker (1632)

23 thoughts on “I Went to the Woods Yesterday …

      • It depends on the elevation, Hanna. In the lower foothills and inland valleys of Southern Oregon and California by the end of May. Higher mountains and coastal areas later. –Curt

      • Thanks for your reply, Curt. It takes another mindset, read mountain landscape and I forgot that you are a lucky man surrounded by mountains.
        It made me remember a walk in Corsica. At the coast we were surrounded by palm trees, but after a relatively short drive through newly sprouted beech forests, we reached the snow with ice on the mountain lakes. Large, and fascinating contrast.
        All the best,

  1. Lovely Spring images, Hanna. I cant wait to get out among the trees, one of my favourite subjects and pastimes.

    • Thank you, Elizabeth. I think there are so much worth celebrating in spring. I hope you will enjoy the time ❤
      All the best,

  2. The hundred shades of green……outclassing everything made by man. Then look at the date it was written! Thanks!

    • You are welcome, Margaret. A definitive truth it is.
      And a pleasure to be able to find that kind of poetry –
      All the best,

  3. Those fuzzy edges of the leaves are quite something and that bright emerald green is so lovely and soul soothing during these times!

    • Ab, thank you for your beautiful comment. I enjoy the way you describe the wonder of a newly sprung beech forest. Thank you!!

      • Probably not I’m afraid as the weather wasn’t good and it was (relatively) windy. So just a couple of the usual suspects possibly. (I’ve not even had chance to download the photos yet).

      • The usual suspects 😀
        Butterflies know when it’s time to fly. One should plan picnics after butterfly density 😊

      • Yes, it has disappeared from the valley, though some did fall the other day at around 1800 to 2000m upwards. So the mountain tops are still white and out of reach – for now. Like the rest of (at least northern) Europe we are waiting for some nice, warm weather. The month of May always seems to be a bit up and down.

      • Hi Mike. Good to hear you still have that wonderful sight of snow capped mountains. That’s stunning. The weather this year is different in Denmark. The month of May tends to be warm and dry, but not this year. I hope the bees can keep warm so we get new fresh apples in August 🎁🤗

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