Tag Archives: spring

Visiting My Daughter-Day One

Hubby and I took a much needed vacation (I was becoming really, really whiny) and visited our daughter and her family. What a joy to take a road trip and be blessed to see family!

Rhododendron

Our daughter loves photography, so she and I just hung out and practiced together. Enjoy the stroll in her little garden!

Rhododendron
Rhododendron

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Snail
Laura

Yes, folks, this is me…not ashamed to look silly. Ha, ha! Oh, yes…I do wear that hat in public!

Daisy

And this is the result of my efforts!

Daisy
Snail
Blueberry
Blueberry
Lavender

It was breezy and I had such a tough time getting a photo of the bee on the lavender!

Lavender

Don’t forget to get outside and see the little things!

Stay safe!

A Stroll in the Garden

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

Balsam Arrowroot

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

Balsam Arrowroot

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

Balsam Arrowroot

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

Balsam Arrowroot

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

Crown Imperial

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

Crown Imperial

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

Crown Imperial

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

Rusted Wheel

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Daffodil

From Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Hyacinth

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

A Stroll in the Garden

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.”
 — Algernon Charles Swinburne

 

I am not having a vegetable garden this year, as my Hubby is creating a new one with easier access and easier to water, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to see!

I live in the north, so my season is a bit behind other bloggers.  

So enjoy this little garden stroll with me!

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

I almost missed the Crown Imperials; they bloomed while I was away on vacation.

Crown Imperial

I find it interesting that, in my garden at least, the tulips seem to bloom by color division, rather than color explosion.

The pink ones generally bloom first.

Tulips

Tulips

Then the red ones spring forth!

Tulips

Tulips

Last, but not least, the yellow tulips are just now beginning to flower.

Tulips

Tulips

The rock cress is wonderful!

Rock Cress

While the grape hyacinth (and the giant ones, too) are nearly finished with their display.

Grape Hyacinth

While the hyacinths and daffodils fade, the narcissus is just beginning a happy show!

Narcissus

Narcissus

And the magnificent crabapple is teasing us!

Crabapple

Hubby’s Walk in the Garden

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
–  John Galsworthy

Hubby took his little pocket camera out to the garden and I thought I would share a few of his finds with you.

Toad

This little fella was very willing to pose.

Toad

He is only about 2 inches in size, and oh, so cute!

Toad

Lots of his friends and relatives live here, and I am happy to see them!

Toad

These photos are all of the same little guy; I just couldn’t decide which pose to share, so I’m sharing several.

Toad

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale

The next photo looks like Autumn, but it is indeed a red maple in spring.

Red Maple

The peonies are showing a gorgeous blush!

Peony

And the bees are happily buzzing and gathering around the allium.

Allium
 “An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
–  Susan J. Bissonette  

Allium

“Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes.  In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest.”
–  Mary Webb

*Clicking on any photo will show an enlarged view.

Sunday Picnic

“Do not let Sunday be taken from you.  If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” -Albert Schweitzer

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 Sunday was such a glorious spring day!

Hubby packed up a picnic lunch and we had a date!  We hiked up the hill behind the house, sat on the damp ground, and soaked up the sunshine.

Lunch was great, the view was great, and the company the best of all!

We took advantage of a gorgeous lazy Sunday afternoon, and practiced with our cameras.  I have a new pocket camera, and don’t know how to use it.

One of my first shots was this black and white of the Columbia River:

Columbia River

I have no idea how my camera was set on black and white display, but I like the results!

Another first shot was a photo of our feet; I thought I was turning the camera off, but pressed the wrong button.  I deleted that shot.

There is a lot of balsam arrowroot sharing their bright cheerful faces in my part of the woods.

Balsam Arrowroot

I don’t know the name of this delicate, tiny harbinger of spring:

Smallflower Woodland Star

*Update: The above is a Smallflower Woodland Star, or Prairie Star.  I found lots on Google; this link will get you started if you care to research it.

Continuing to practice the macro setting on the pear blossom:

Pear Blossom

And the apple blossom:

Apple Blossom

Love the moss living on the apple tree trunk!

Moss Living on the Apple Tree Trunk

I shall share more from this wondrous date when I have the opportunity. 

Relish the world around you!

*I suggest clicking on the photos for a closer peek.