Do You Want to Take a Walk on the Wild Side?

This post is a bit unusual. Okay, it’s a lot unusual.

I recently discovered that some of my most viewed tweets are pictures of flowers. That’s right. Not puppies. Not kittens. Not a pizza-eating groundhog. Flowers!

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. After all, most of us are living under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We don’t get outside nearly as much as we normally would during springtime. Furthermore, we’re inundated with non-stop, doom-and-gloom news coverage. Even the nonprofit and fundraising media have been reporting extensively about the impact of coronavirus. You’ve certainly read a number of such posts here.

So, after thinking about all of this, I realized that, like me, you could probably use a bit of a break. A break from the scary news. A break from a stressful life. A break from being mostly trapped indoors.

Because self-care is so important if we’re going to remain able to help others, I thought I’d give you a short escape. Experiencing nature is said to make us feel happier. It also improves our health in a number of ways, including boosting the immune system. That’s why I decided to share some simple snapshots I’ve taken with my cell phone while out on walks with my wife. I took most of the photos at our neighborhood garden at Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital. I’m also sharing a daffodil photo from the historic Hill-Physick House, and cherry blossom pictures from in front of my home.

I hope you enjoy this walk on the wild side:

For me, daffodils mean only one thing: Springtime has arrived! I came across these daffodils when walking in the garden at the historic Hill-Physick House near my home:

I took the following two photographs of the cherry blossom trees in front of my house:

Did you enjoy the little break? Do you feel a tiny bit better? Which of the above was your favorite photograph?

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?

18 Comments to “Do You Want to Take a Walk on the Wild Side?”

  1. My wife and I loved taking a walk thru your flowers, Michael. Gorgeous.



  2. So beautiful, thank you for sharing. A great reminder that nature is resilient and so are we.

  3. Thank you! Here in northern Minnesota I have seen a few crocus, but snow is in the forecast today and we won’t have anything like this for another month. It was great to see such beautiful spring flowers.

    • Katherine, thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my photos. I’ve seen the news reports of snow. Yikes! You’re made of tougher stuff than I am. The silver-lining during a springtime snow storm is that you have a good excuse to have another hot chocolate. Take good care of yourself.

  4. Spring is my favorite time in Philadelphia and I miss seeing all the vibrant colors. Thank you for posting these pics.

    • Madeline, thank you for letting me know you enjoyed my photos. While I also like springtime in Philadelphia, I’m usually disappointed with how short the season is. It seems we often get just two or three weeks of spring before we jump right into summer. This year, we seem to be having a rare, true spring season but, unfortunately, we’re limited in how we can take advantage of it. Sheesh! Be good to yourself, and stay well.

  5. Honestly, I’m so tired of all the emails/blogs/webinars in my inbox about “how to raise money in spite of a global pandemic. Your photos were a lovely break — thank you for sharing them!! My favorite was the fourth one down — the magenta tulips interspersed with the white and pink with the bright green in the background. Gorgeous!

    • Susan, thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the little break. In real life, the tulips were even more amazing. Nature always amazes. Stay well. I hope you’re able to get out a bit to enjoy springtime.

  6. Beautiful! Thank you.

    The daffodils are bittersweet for me. They line the Boston Marathon route – which was originally scheduled for Monday.

    • Danielle, thank you for your kind message. I’m sorry you won’t be able to enjoy the daffodils along the Boston Marathon route. It’s interesting how the pandemic is reminding us of the big and little things that are important. I know I’m taking far less for granted these days. Stay well!

  7. Sweet, Michael.

  8. Joy…pure JOY! Magenta has been my favorite color since childhood and it’s well-represented in your photos. Thank you for the walk in the garden.

  9. Thank you, Michael. All of the photos are lovely but since you asked–I like the close up of the wysteria the best. Nice to see the flowers on what is a very wet and grey day in Virginia. And thanks for introducing us to the Hill-Physick House. One day when we can travel safely I would love to explore it in person! Stay well!

    • Debbie, thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the wisteria and other flowers. Let me know when you are able to visit Philly. I’ll give you some tips on things to see and where to eat and, perhaps, we can even get together. Meanwhile, stay well and stay sane!

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