Saturday, March 22, 2008

Round Robin Challenge: Signs Of Spring

"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn."

- Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in "Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You."

Signs of Spring. They are everywhere. From stuffed bunnies and colored eggs waiting to be added to easter baskets, to the beautiful wildflowers you can see blooming on the side of a country road. Signs of Spring might also me heard in the peeps of the tiny birds in the nest, and the flutter of a group of butterflies all flapping their wings at once. I appreciate the season of spring more now then I once did. I love the colors, and the sounds. I love that there is still just enough of a chill in the air, that I am able to still wear my favorite sweaters that I miss so much in the summertime. I love long naps on a spring afternoon, with Elvis curled up next to me. I love that he walks in my garden, to make sure all the flowers are in place. He loves roses, and he stops and sniffs each one, staying at the spiciest ones the longest. He loves the stock almost as much!

I have moved all my flowers up next to the storage room on the side of the yard, because we are planning to put in some dwarf fruit trees in the spot where last year's flower bed was. We picked out a couple dwarf fruit trees to plant for my landlord, and for Darryl. The trees will make the yard all the more special. We will keep them in the containers for at least a year, so I might plant a few sunflowers in that space so that we will have some color there for autumn. I will share more about that later, but for now the focus is spring. The following are some photos from last spring, and the plants I am working on for this year.

Quince Blossom

Peach Blossom

My favorite planting dirt... worm free. :)

Mini Roses

Can you believe the purple stock from last year is still blooming?


This challenge was suggested by Nan, author of the blog, Life Is Like A Lunchbox. Be sure to drop by her place and have a look at her entry. Afterwards, drop by the other participating Robins and see their creativity as well. We are blessed with some awesome photographers, and I look forward to these challenges each time with great anticipation. All our Robins are amazing artists. If you enjoy beauty, just follow the links below. Better yet, if you want to join in, you are more then welcome. The challenges are open to everyone on the Internet with a place to post their entries. If you haven't played with us before, just pay a visit to the Round Robin Challenges blog, and read the details. Come on, you know you want to!

Linking List :)

Nan... Life is Like A Lunchbox

Steven... (sometimes photoblog)

Carly... Ellipsis

Karen... Outpost Mavarin

Lisa... Lisa's Chaos

**Gattina... (See RR Sidebar for the Link)

Suzanne R... Living... Suzanne R's Life

Janet... Fond of Photography

Kiva... Eclectic Granny

Sandra... Strong Chemistry

Martha... Perception

Jan... The Prytz Family

Monica... Family Affair Photography ** Welcome Back**

Momma... Sandcastle Momma

Kim... Nekked Lizards


Jill... Letting Crazy Take A Spin


Chrissie... Chriseas Corner


Celeste... Ragracers


Vicki... Maracas


Whammy... The Ellis Family Cincinnati

Jennifer Robin... Robins Woods



Celeste said...

Wow! Great pictures. I esp. like the hummingbird. (I try to get hummingbirds in the summer, but they have a tendency to become dive bombers (diving the photographer). I hate that!)

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Very beautiful pictures. Our hummingbirds don't return until April 16th (for 3 years straight now, that is the precise date they show up) Which is a month earlier than when I lived in Ohio, so I'm happy. Because of our altitude, our crocus, dafodils, tulips start poking through in May.

Jan said...

Lovely pictures. I've yet to capture a hummingbird, they're too fast for me!

Family Affair Photography said...

Carly, It's so great to come back and look at your photography. As always it offers inspiration. I LOVE the hummingbird and of course all the beautiful flowers you have in bloom.


Atypical California Girl said...

Love that hummingbird. Great color.

Suzanne R said...

As usual, not all of the pictures loaded, I'm sure thanks to my old computer (gotta get a new one before long), but the shots that did are gorgeous, and your prose is so very eloquent. Lovely entry, my friend.

lisa marie said...

I am so jealous of your hummingbird! I just don't see many of them up here. :( Beautiful blooming spring weather, lucky you!

MyMaracas said...

These are all lovely, and the hummingbird is awesome! Sounds like you have a happy, busy spring lined up.

By the way, in answer to your question, Yes - the light in mine was very late afternoon. I'm finding I like that time best for outdoor pictures.

Steven said...

Knock my socks off with the hummer :-) The quince is lovely.

Meandering Martha said...

Oh what beautiful flowers you have! That first photo is really great -- all of them are perfect for the challenge! Looking forward to seeing more as the weather grows warmer :-)

fdtate said...

It's so great to see some signs of spring. I'm so sick of the drab, gray winter. Some great pictures, as usual, Carly.

Nancy said...

Oh how cheery! and Carly? That first pic is a prize winner for sure...I just love it.


Sandra said...

lovely! I can't wait til flowers bloom here...

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Your writing here is lyrical as always, and I'm really drawn to the hummingbird shot. Someday I've love to capture one of these avian helicopters in my lens half as well as you've done here.

Wammy said...

The hummingbird photo is so amazing! You should send a copy to Birds and Blooms. We had hummers in WI but only one here for a few days. I miss watching them out the window. Nice job!

Gattina said...

Lovely spring pictures ! It warms my heart ! when I looked out of the window this morning it had snowed ! All flowers and blossoms covered in white. It's depressing ! And on top it is the only snow we have this year !

Janet said...

Oh, Carly! That hummingbird is SO beautiful!!!