Spring is Near

Thus sometimes hath the brightest day a cloud;
And after summer evermore succeeds
Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold:
So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.

– Shakespeare, Henry VI part 2

It's breakfast time.

Thought I’d take photos of some late winter beauty today, to remind me that I won’t need my winter coat much longer. Not much snow so far this year, but tons and tons of rain. I had begun to think that my world will be cold and soggy indefinitely.

And then a day like today happens.

They blanket the shaded areas; the floor of the woods glows with them.
They blanket the shaded areas; the floor of the woods glows with them.
This is the first sun to touch them today.
This is the first sun to touch them today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love these.
I love these.
Lovely, simple, beauty.
Lovely, simple, beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makes me think of a Japanese painting.
Makes me think of a Japanese painting.
This is Handsome. He's an old friend but I can never remember his real name, so I call him Handsome. He seems to like it.
This is Handsome. He’s an old friend but I can never remember his real name, so I call him Handsome. He seems to like it.
I love the juxtaposition of last year's blossoms and this year's buds.
I love the juxtaposition of last year’s blossoms and this year’s buds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cannot fully express how much joy these sweet things bring me.
I cannot fully express how much joy these sweet things bring me.
About two hours later, I went out to my garden and this is what greeted me.
About two hours later, I went out to my garden and this is what greeted me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What follows is a study of crocuses. I hope they put a smile on your face and hope in your heart that winter will soon be over, with warmer days not far behind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peaking Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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