---Morning Flowers

FTLComm - Tisdale
June 7, 1999

This morning after breakfast I went outside to look at this morning's sky and was assaulted by the aroma of the lilacs The morning air was fresh and with the temperature only 16 the smell of lilacs commanded complete attention.

It probably says a lot about humans and what sort of being they are when you consider the way they surround themselves with flowering plants and ones that give off such strong sweet odours.

From the corner of our street were I took the image of the lilacs the dark red of the flower basket on the left caught my eyes about three houses North and I strolled over to capture it, then as I ambled back toward home smiling after having looked at the wimpy petunias the basket on the right caught my eye only one house away. I think petunias are just to gregarious to be taken seriously but you have to admit they sure flash the colour.
As I came into our back yard I noticed that though our yard was not festooned with flowering plants the wild flowers we planted four years ago along the back of the house have once again came to life and are in their muted and delicate way doing their part to make the environment more colourful. These hardy individuals have received no care and are often abused somewhat by the elements but that does not stop them from putting on a show year after year.

After six months of winter Canadians appreciate all plant life and the massive poplar tree at our doorstep is a welcomed adornment and to me just like a giant green flower. My wife enjoys cleaning up after the thing in the fall but I just enjoy the richness of its grandure.
The canopy of leaves the stretch three stories above the street in a tree that would be about the same age as the house is a testament to quick growth and optimism

Saskatchewan's various species of Aspen/cottonwood commonly called "poplar" are a remarkably varied lot and besides their fast growth and relatively short life span they are vital in the process of forestry It is their canopy that allows the birch and spruce to take hold and as they age and expire they are replaced by the other longer living species but remain ready to renew a forest once it is burned over or harvested. In the Hudson Bay area and East of Weekes there are some outstanding stands of aspen hybrids especially developed for the forest industry and perfectly suited to this climate and growing conditions.

Below is a view of our street this morning, this was not intended originally as a combination picture but I blended it together when I seen how it told the story better.

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