I arrived home from my California vacation last week to find Boston abloom with spring. Up high, clouds of apple green buds brushed the tree tops. While a blush of petal pink cherry blossoms and fuschia azaleas candied the middle ground. And everywhere down low, the sunny faces of daffodils shone on the vernal landscaped.
To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you the botanical images of artist Ing San of Tropical Garden. A graphic and textile designer from Borneo, San’s work includes photography and illustration as well as embroidery. But it is her Botanic Collection that, to me, captures the simple beauty of spring.
Unlike the decadent colors and ostentatious heat of summer, spring is a crisp, clean time. San’s portraits, in which only a few verdant leaves burst forth against a minimal white backdrop, evoke this literal “re-freshening” of the land and spirit. Delicate, yet expressive, they are precious promises of the bounty to come. Microcosm’s of a larger spring landscape, where after a long barren winter, just one lone sprout or a single leaf is enough to warm the heart.