Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday Flowers : Fruitful Trees

Cedar Waxwing at the hospital this week

In another month these ornamental crab apple trees will be blooming at the hospital and we will know spring has truly arrived. All winter, their fruit laden branches have been ignored by the birds except for a brief December visit from some Pine Grosbeaks. But now the Robins and Waxwings have been on them daily and will pick them clean by the time the new leaves emerge. And the short-lived blooms will provide another crop of fruit for the birds next winter.

Today is my parents' fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. They were married in Ontario and drove to Washington D.C. for their honeymoon to see the cherry blossoms. The bloom of youth is past but their lives have been very fruitful with five children, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren on the way this year. As well as giving us physical life, they have nurtured us spiritually, encouraging us be fruitful and refreshing to others according to their example.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.

They will still bear fruit in old age,

they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming,
"The LORD is upright;
he is my Rock,
and there is no wickedness in him."

Psalm 92:12-15

Happy 55th Anniversary
Mom and Dad!!


  1. Beautiful photos! That first one needs to be framed.
    Congratulations and best wishes to your folks on their anniversary.

  2. The changes will come more and more quickly now. Not too soon either.

  3. What great photos of Cedar Waxwing those are! Happy Anniversary to your parents. It sounds like you have quite the family.-

  4. Hello Ruth,
    House Finches love to feed on cherry blossoms.

  5. Ruth, great shots of the waxwings! And congrats to your parents!


  6. Hey Ruth, do your European Starlings ever eat any of these crabapples? They really seem to love them in my yard.

    P.S. Happy Anniversary to your folks! And many more happy years.

  7. Nice tribute to your mom & dad. Next week is #50 for us. Is Damara expecting?

  8. Happy Anniversary to your folks!

  9. Anonymous6:19 pm GMT-4

    That first photograph looks like a postcard, so so sooo beautiful!

    Knowing Nana and Bubba have stayed married 55 years is so inspiring. Happy Anniversary to them!

  10. Anonymous4:44 pm GMT-4

    Wonderful Waxwing photos and thanks for sharing!

  11. Beautiful waxwings! A belated Happy Anniversary to your parents.

  12. Thanks for your comments and best wishes for my parents. Ruthie, I have never seen a starling or house sparrow at the hospital. I wonder why?


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