poetry and prose about place

accents in red

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We are still in the greys and browns of spring.

There are a few wildflowers blooming. The Coltsfoot is spreading carpets of yellow along the roadside.  And flowers in the deep hardwoods have begun to display their delicate beauty.  But most places are drab and colorless.

I watch for red this time of year.  There are a few red berries, still clinging to their branches after winter.

And the stems of Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera Michx.) are brilliant in the fields and ditches.

My favorite ‘red’ of spring is the muted red of the blueberry fields.





the blueberry barren

is faded scarlet

red osier in ditches

rosebush and hawthorn

a single berry, a single haw

Earth in brown

toenails red


©  Jane Tims 2012

Written by jane tims

April 16, 2012 at 6:43 am

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  1. What a beautiful landscape – I love that type of open vista where the mountains look endless as they take you on a journey out into the distance. Cheers me up as I sit closed up listening to the never ending rain again!


    Sonya Chasey

    April 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    • Hi. The photo of the blueberry fields captures only a bit of its magic. There are days when the atmosphere is just right and it looks like the distant hills go on forever. Jane


      jane tims

      April 24, 2012 at 6:48 am

  2. I can see why the blueberry fields would be your favorite. Beautiful!



    April 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks! I wonder what effects you could achieve with those fields and that camera of yours. Jane


      jane tims

      April 23, 2012 at 6:49 am

  3. Love the contrasts in colours from almost none to brilliant reds, and loved, absolutely loved the “toenails in red” line. What a terrific blog!


    Carol Steel

    April 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    • Hi Carol. Thanks so much for your comments. Soon there will be color everywhere! Jane


      jane tims

      April 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

  4. Those blueberry fields are huge! Around here blueberry patches are pretty small…


    Barbara Rodgers

    April 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I like the small patches of blueberries too… sometimes noone else knows they are there! Jane


      jane tims

      April 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

  5. Beautiful, Jane. I had not seen blueberry fields before. Lovely poem, too. Ellen


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    April 18, 2012 at 7:07 am

    • Hi Ellen. It’s one thing I like about blogging… what seems everyday to me is new to someone else! Have a look at JD’s photo in this set of comments to see what the fields look like in autumn. He is a terrific photographer. I am so glad you like the poem! Jane


      jane tims

      April 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

  6. I’m not from an area with many dogwoods or blueberry plants. The fields are absolutely beautiful..I had never realized that blueberry plants have a reddish color before that get their leaves.



    April 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    • Hi. You should see the blueberry fields in the fall. Their leaves turn a brilliant red and the photo from spring is just a washed out version of what they look like in autumn! Jane


      jane tims

      April 17, 2012 at 6:53 am

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