Lilac Sunday for Thursday’s Special

In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash’d palings, 
Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green, 
With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love, 
With every leaf a miracle — and from this bush in the dooryard, 
With delicate-color’d blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green, 
A sprig with its flower I break.

Walt Whitman
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d  (excerpt)
Leaves of Grass

© 2013 Babsje. (

Two lilac sprigs.

Does the title of today’s post leave you scratching your head? It does me, and I wrote it. Smiles.

After all, why post about Lilac Sunday on a Thursday?

I blame the Muse. Muses pay no attention to the calendar. And so artists, composers, and writers can always get away with blaming the Muse. She loves it when we pay attention to her whims.

It isn’t Sunday here, nor is it Spring. It was a gorgeous early morning, though, with a warm front from the southwest that brought spring-like weather and a morning walk without a coat, house windows open wide. Delightful. It has moved on to rain now, but the taste of Spring lingers.

In the next couple of days, I will be delivering some Great Blue Heron and flower photos for showing at a local gallery. While preparing, I came across my favorite lilacs, above. That photo and today’s warm weather brought Lilac Sunday to mind.

Each May for the past 105 years, Boston has celebrated “Lilac Sunday” at the Arnold Arboretum. As their website says

With more than 380 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America.

Lilac Sunday is held for only one single day each year. That’s part of the mystique that makes it special.

The other part? The sight and scent of lilacs, hundreds and hundreds of lilacs.


Thanks to Paula and WordPress for the Thursday’s Special Non-Challenge Challenge.

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Intricate. (How intricate the gatherings of tiny lilac flowers on each stem, like a lavendar filigree.)

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Delicate. (How delicate the tiny lilac blossoms are.)

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: Two. (Two lilac blossoms.)

Thanks again to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

(This took place May, 2004)

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2013 Babsje. (

Posted on November 7, 2013, in A Word A Week Photo Challenge, Art, Ese's Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge, Flower Photography, Lilacs, NaBloPoMo, Nature Photography, Photography, postaday, Thursday's Special, Weekly Travel Themes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I am happy the muse paid you a visit today, and I am grateful to you for quoting Whitman. This post is beautiful as much as your herons. I wish you the best of luck at your exhibition tomorrow. See you soon, Babsje 🙂

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