April 18, 2011

The Touch of Spring

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure;
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

~ Lines Written In Early Spring by William Wordsworth


  1. lovely thoughts accompanying these photos...
    all beautiful, but personal favorites are the 3rd and 5th.
    beautiful, thank you!

    word verification: wings...
    appropriate for your post!

  2. I am totally floored... each more beautiful than the last. But the bird hopping off the water to the music of Wordsworth's words, what could be more fitting. An artist you were, and artist you are, and artist you shall always be. And we are the richer for your efforts. Pure pleasure, pure poetry, pure passion.

  3. Brought tears, those Wordsworth truths and Stickup Artist vision. I am still relatively new to your blog so may be wrong about this, but I would not be surprised if this is not some of your finest work. It certainly is among the finest photographic tributes to any season I have ever seen.
    (#3, 5, 6 my favorites)

  4. Reading the words makes me see that man has been self destructive for a very long time.

    I am intrigued with the texture of these photographs. You did a wonderful job of matching pics to the words.

    This is a beautiful post, sweet and yet nostalgic.

  5. Poetry in words, and poetry in motion. Wonderful work, Stickup!

  6. Dearest friend ...
    I am completely in love with your photos ... they are more than photos, paintings, works of great master ...
    Magical moments stolen at the time ... it's a gentleness, a lightness of incredible beauty ... I'd like to have those pretty pictures on the walls of my home ...
    I can not get a picture as a favorite or another, they are all wonderful ...
    thank you for this moment ... and all my compliments for this exceptional series ..
    now I return to see your awesome flowers..:o)))
    A pure miracle..

  7. Beautiful post!
    Greetings from sunny Helsinki! :)

  8. Oh! Are these imagenes Bellisimo! A refined treatment, with a colorful muy smooth. The textures are so delicious! Thank you for tus words, you're muy accurate and successful in all tus comments. A hug.

  9. These look like paintings and the colours are absolutely lovely! Great timing on the heron.

  10. Once again, the quality and originality of your artistry has left me speechless.

  11. Delicate, peaceful, beautiful. I love the soft tones and textures.
    You never cease to amaze me with your photos! The poetry gives a sonorous grounding to the images; so well chosen.

  12. Hi Stickup~ "At my touch the wild braid of creation trembles." That's Stanley Kunitz being you. All of nature is trembling in these exquisite photos. Buddhist energy colors. Zen meditations... I'm going to email you--

  13. Beautiful post and the pictures are exquisite!

  14. These are outstanding works of art! You are so talented! Really great stuff! Bravo!!!

  15. I very much like the ephemeral feel to this series and I'm mad for the color palate you've used to put your flowers in high relief!

  16. one of the most wonderful spring-posts i have ever seen! and no matter how hooked i am by these flowers, the bird, the bird makes me go crazy, it is beyond reality and beyond dream... i come back to it again and again, mesmerized...