I love a the little surprises you can find from nature, and I think this all started when I was little. We always had a porch light that had an open glass/metal shade around it, and every year a bird would make a nest in the light. My parents were thoroughly aggravated by this, but I always loved finding that little surprise in an unusual place. Ever since then, I’ve always loved finding little things like that. In watching the city where I grew up becoming increasingly over developed, I find it so nice to see little bits of nature and plant life popping up where it’s not supposed to, even if it was once where these things may have naturally been. One summer there was a daffodil clinging on for dear life under a bridge for a major highway — I must have gotten beeped at a million times zoning out staring at this little flower and wondering how it got in such a peculiar place. There’s also a school by my house which has always had a ton of ivy crawling up one of its walls. It was cut down one year, but to my delight, it has come back in full force.
So today, as I was working on some botanical cyanotypes to use for the “nature” theme of this week, I stumbled across a little surprise. I always go out to my balcony to develop my cyanotypes, since that’s the place in my apartment which get the best, and most direct, sunlight. I have various plants and pots and such out there that I’m constantly peaking at to see if anything is growing. A few months ago, I gathered all the seeds from the flowers that were planted last summer, and spread them around all the pots out there in hopes that anything would grow (I love flowers, but I definitely do not have a green thumb). So I put my favorite seeds in the pots on the balcony ledge, hoping that they would get the most light and do the best. The only problem is that since everyone above me also has a balcony, when it rains, or snows forever and then melts, I get a sort of waterfall effect on my balcony, splashing on to my plants and splattering mud and dirt everywhere. It seems like with all the snow we got this year, and all the rain and storms as of recent, one of these little seeds popped out and landed in between the bricks of the balcony ledge. So when I went outside today, there it was — a little baby sprout! I don’t know how I missed it before, but it was a pleasant surprise today. So I snapped a couple quick pictures of it, and there you go. A better ode to nature than the cyanotypes which I have done before. Though I love them (the cyanotypes, that is), I love finding these little peculiarities more. Hopefully there are more sprouts to come; it’s been warming up, ever so slowly, and I’m desperately craving the spring and summer. Enjoy!