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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.

Cicadas in My Garden

What calendar is there beneath the soil

Its days crossed darkly off year after year?

What dreams of sun?

What longing for the other to complete it

Until by some mystery it wakes and struggles upward

Emerging at last, shedding the stiff brown nightshirt

Big eyed and bumbling, dazzled by light and air

New to wings and the freedom of flight

Its stuttering song a proof of life

after so long a silence.   -Sally Zakariya 

 
Cicada
 
Cicada

*Clicking on a photo will give an enlarged view.

A Walk in the Garden

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

 Crabapple

 Pear

 Pear

 Transparent Apple

 Transparent Apple

Primrose Lilac

Geranium

Narcissus

Euphorbia-Candytuft

 Miniature Iris

 Creeping Phlox

*Clicking on a photo will show an enlarged view with the name of the plant.

Tulips and Forsythia

I am privileged to spend the entire day with friends.  We are going to the big city, Spokane, to shop and eat together. 

To top off the day, we are very excited to attend the Washington State Quilters guild meeting.  Ellen Anne Eddy is the guest speaker.  I have admired her work for years!

Here is spring eye candy from my garden:

Forsythia

Pink Tulips

Red Tulips

Spring/Summer Blogging Break

The snow is gone, and the afternoons have been warm, and I’ve been able to spend time outdoors enjoying sunshine and new growth.

I’m weeding this slope, which is bigger than it looks here.  Lilies will soon pop up in front of these posts.  As for the rest of the slope…I’ve got creeping jenny, St. John’s Wort, and creeping phlox ground covers started.  May the best one for the area win!  The goal is for the ground cover to fill it in, so I won’t have to weed it every year!

There is alot more yardwork to do, and alot more spring and summer to enjoy, so my blogging is likely to become very sporadic.

Pulling Weeds

Hubby set up the water fountain.  I’ll eventually get some container plantings around it.  Last year, a little toad lived in one of the containers and got fat from all the insects that came for water.  Smart little guy (or gal)!

Water Fountain

The forsythia is beginning to shine!

Forsythia

There are spring shenanigans distracting me from the garden!

Deer

The doe was harrassing tom turkey, but you can see who turned tail!

Doe and Tom

They teamed up when they spotted me with my camera.

Tom and Doe

It’s spring…the time of courtship.

Tom Turkey Showing Off

It is noisy around here, but it doesn’t last long.

Tom Turkey

What amazes me, is that there are always little turkeys later on.  The hens usually ignore the toms and all their strutting.

Tom Turkey

How can they ignore such a handsome guy?

Tom Turkey

*Clicking on a photo will show a larger view.

Flowers After the Rain

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.

– Frank Howard Clark

Bleeding Heart

Daffodils