NEWS&VIEWS by Jacqueline Bennett

Posts from the “Nature” Category

Under the Cherry Blossom Tree

Posted on April 24, 2019

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Cherry blossoms in springtime stir the inner spirit ~ their beauty is breathtaking. Typically they are in bloom in April and early May in the Northeastern United States & other regions.   A fond memory of mine as a student at the University of Connecticut is a hot spring day, wearing tan fatigue shorts and a spaghetti strap top, sitting beneath a gorgeous cherry blossom tree on a wall on the patio outside the Student Union on the Storrs campus, reading and enjoying a cup of blueberry yogurt. I distinctly remember taking in the beauty of the blossoms, the day, the campus and truthfully, the joy of being young.    In the U.S. cherry blossoms are…

Willow Madness

Posted on March 7, 2017

  Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   The month of March is known for whipping winds, weather that roars in with the last hurrah of winter and gently exits with the nearing of spring, dependent upon how the calendar falls – the holy days of Lent and Easter, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, a lovely aquamarine birthstone (mine) and college basketball tournament play dubbed “March Madness.”   It is also a time of ‘willow madness’ for the enigmatic pussy willow. As puts it, pussy willows offer early buds in late winter “when much of the landscape still sleeps in dormancy.” Quite appropriately, ‘willow madness’ seems to be everywhere as Catkin branches can currently be found at virtually every New England…