April 30, 2014 – Infinitesimal

???????????????????????????????At this particular moment we have about one hundred thousand Trout Lilly plants growing on the property.  DSC01950Well, maybe only ten thousand.  Or maybe a million! ???????????????????????????????Of those many, many, many little plants, I can positively, certifiably identify three which have bloomed.

This pretty yellow one.???????????????????????????????A delicate little white one.???????????????????????????????And one which has already gone on to form its seed head.???????????????????????????????THREE!!!  Out of a million?  Honestly?

My father was a Mathematician.  Fascinated by numbers all his life, he found himself intrigued in his later years by the concept of just how small a number can be – the infinitesimal.  Or, in math speak, just how close the graph of a function can approach to the X axis without touching it.  Infinitesimal.  I always thought of it as infinitely small numbers.  It was most interesting to Dad.

Oh how I wish he here now.  We could divide the number of Trout Lilly plants actually blooming by the number of Trout Lilly plants which are present and behold the infinitesimal!

???????????????????????????????We could behold some other fun stuff too.

Like these pretty purple flowers.???????????????????????????????Or these pretty poppies.DSC01288And this subtle flower ( I think of it as woodland phlox) growing amidst the mature leaves of Bloodroot.???????????????????????????????We could also behold the glory of Spring as expressed through the trees, softening the stark vision of bare branches with little bitty leaves catching the light of the evening sun.


18 thoughts on “April 30, 2014 – Infinitesimal

    1. Thanks Sarah. They really are. I especially like their furry, fuzzy little stems and shells. Have a great day.

  1. Dad would indeed love to see your garden, and he might actually pick up a computer to look at the fabulous photos you take, Jim!

    1. Don’t know about the computer but he sure would like the grounds – especially if I kept a well manicured Bocce court (which I would if he were still here). 🙂

    1. Ahh, thank you . So delicate and so pretty. I’m not sure why so few bloom but I love the ones which do!

  2. You have certainly captured the beauty and the soul of springtime. Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you. I bet you noticed how those chairs overlook Bluebell Valley. They have a particularly fine view at this time of year. 🙂

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