|Through the pear tree...|
|One week old arugula.|
Today, the tomatoes I started by seed last week are going to go under the lights. All but a handful have germinated, and those that haven't probably won't be too adversely affected by the supply of light. The flowers and herbs I planted (marigolds, geraniums, basil, tansy) had already germinated by the time we returned from Milwaukee on Saturday night. It amazes me how quickly some things pop up out of the ground. In the actual garden, the arugula is proving to be the most vigorous grower, as the entire plot of arugula, about three square feet, is up and growing. Radishes, lettuces, and a few beets are also already up in the garden, and this morning I spied the first pea sprouts poking out of the wet soil.
Last night, as I was preparing dinner, I gasped when suddenly a bright red light came through the kitchen window. It was the setting sun. And it was surprising because the day had been cloudy and wet, and I didn't expect much of a sunset. Instead, we were granted the most beautiful sunset I've seen in a long while. The sun, exaggerated and red, appeared whole through the only gap in the clouds: just above the horizon. The light seemed to be coming from six feet off the ground, and was a steady, bright reddish pink. The kitchen walls were splashed with red, and when I stepped outside, the effect was even more widespread. Our entire eastern horizon is trees, as the woods begin right at the end of the yard, perhaps 100 feet from the house. These trees, most of which are slightly swollen with buds and some visibly softer-looking with their light green leaves, were all equally spray-painted with a rosy pink light across their midsections. The pear blossoms, normally white, were an almost luminescent pink color. And the grass seemed even greener. The brown soil in the garden seemed even more teeming with life. The frogs were croaking louder, the birds singing closer, the air smelling greener. All in all, it was a spectacular sunset. And as I stood outside, hearing nothing but nature, watching nothing but nature, I once again felt grateful to be given the chance to live here, and to try and eke a living out of this very vibrant nature.