I #loveMNwinter. Today, I love winter for the plants.
Today, I love winter for the plants. It's possible I love them more in the winter than the summer. The lines and silhouettes that form the outlines of trees, the deadhead grasses and flowers splayed along the roadside are totally striking and beautiful to me. Finally, their forms are unobscured by greenery competing to be first to the sun. Don't get me wrong, greenery is awesome, but sometimes it can get overwhelming.
I love riding along and picking out my plant friends' forms as I roll. Droopy tall sunflower heads, crunchy tiny goldenrod flowers, Queen Anne's Lace-y dried umbrellas, dark and spiky eucalyptus seed heads, milkweed pods that look like they're practically ready to turn into spaceships-- I greet them all as I go along. Recently, I've really been appreciating oak trees, and grape vine murals! I can get lost in their swirl and flow as they wind around buildings.
And, I love the tiny signs of plants coming out of hibernation. A particularly red twig here, a waxy one over there. Late winter, you're my favorite. There's so much potential here.
About this author: Ana is a bike advocate, educator, and commuter in the Twin Cities. She likes working with her hands, reading stories aloud, and tromping by the river.
Read about this collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February, and post about it on this blog. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls, or check out last year's #lovemnwinter posts.