This week Mr.Summer arrived.
With stunning colours and splendor, warmth and sun - and perfectly on time. As if by a stroke of magic, the first day of this month started with brilliantly blue skies and the sensation of a new season became apparent.
I know it is only temporary, as conditions such as these are rare and the forecasts already predict a change ahead. But I am enjoying this summer preview while it lasts.
Again, both humans, animals and nature love this weather. There is a collective atmosphere of happiness all around, so palpable in the song of the birds, the laughter of people and in the unexpected intensity of colours. The sky is so very blue and the green is so very green. Additionally, a new colour is currently dominating my surroundings.
In every shade, it is the colour of my Rhododendrons. I have three different plants and they all bloom in late May, beginning of June. The warm air has spurred on this bloom and only within the last five days, the bushes went from bud to fully opened flower, giving my views a burst of fuchsia, violet and pink.
When I look out of my kitchen window and see the splendor of this magnificent bloom, I can not help but smile as I recall our arctic winter, just a few months ago. The bush looked so sad and lonely as it stood there, its leaves shrivelled in the deep freeze, a far cry from its magnificent June self.
Once again, nature and the way it is capable of renewing itself, returning back with new stunning beauty every season, never ceases to amaze me.