Celebrating Earth Day but not the pollen

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
– Psalm 96:11–12

Today is Earth Day, and I wanted to celebrate by sharing some photos of what’s blooming in my garden right now.

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The previous owners left behind lots of beautiful roses.

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Rhododendron in bloom

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A delicate iris

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Deep purple bearded iris … so velvety beautiful!

How’s the earth exulting (and celebrating spring and Earth Day) where you are?

One thing I simply cannot celebrate today, though I know it has to exist for all these wonderful plants to grow, is pollen. I’ve struggled with springtime allergies for many, many years. I had hoped the move might bring fewer allergies. Boy, was I in for an unpleasant surprise.

California has brought me the worst pollen-related allergies I’ve ever experienced. My tried-and-true allergy medicine is barely making a dent in what’s happening in my head and throat, and my constant coughing leaves me exhausted.

California won me over during winter, but in the NC2NC contest, I have to declare North Carolina a winner in the springtime pollen game. I never thought I’d yearn for NC’s thick yellow pine pollen. However, the drought and warmer-than-usual temperatures here in Northern California are making me sick. Bleh.

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North Carolina wins when it comes to the pollen war, at least for me. Are allergies getting the best of you, too?

Let’s talk about something more fun this Earth Day. I’ve been thinking about some of my favorite places on earth. Some are near home, and some I may never see again. One favorite I hope to visit again some day is Knocknarea in County Sligo, Ireland:

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Serene Knocknarea overlooks Strandhill (the little village you can see sparkling at the shoreline) and Sligo Bay. My husband and I hiked up late in the day to see this stunning vista.

Do you have a favorite spot on earth? If so, I’d love for you to describe it in the comments below. Happy Earth Day!

3 thoughts on “Celebrating Earth Day but not the pollen

  1. I LOOOOOOVE the purple Iris – it is so beautiful!! My lilacs are blooming and smelling like sweet heaven in the backyard. = )

    I’m so sorry about your allergies and I hope it is short lived.Can you run or are you waiting for the air to clear? How long is the pollen season there?

    I have a couple of favorite spots: 1 being the Badlands in SD because it is such a spiritual place, 2 the Redwood Forest because there is nothing more amazing than those magnificent trees and 3 the NC mountain lake areas because that is where we go to relax and to reconnect.

    • The purple iris is stunning, isn’t it? I read in the paper the other day that allergy season lasts through June here. Ugh. I’m trying to run through it, but I’m definitely suffering. Thanks for sharing your favorite places — one favorite we share, and the other two are on my list of places to visit. Thanks for stopping by.

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