Monday, March 26, 2012

Springtime beauty

Spring has sprung in my little corner of the world, and how! Reports from around the state confirm that most flowers and trees are at least 2 weeks ahead of schedule (in terms of bloom time) due to the ridiculously mild winter we've had and also the early warming trend we've seen so far this spring. Tonight we are under a freeze warning, though, so I'm not sure what our heavily flowered landscape will look like upon awakening in the morning.

Luckily I was able to get out on our property and some neighboring property over the weekend to get photos of just a few of the things that are in bloom. Enjoy!

Bluebells in my garden. This is the first year they have bloomed, even though I planted them 2 years ago.

Newly emerged Bluebell flower buds, kissed by a dew drop.

Bluets, a dainty but cheery flower.

How could you not be cheered by a flower that has a sunshine burst in the middle?

Bloodroot, which is normally just starting to bloom, is already starting to fade, with many plants already gone to fruit. This one is tattered and worn, but still beautiful.

When out looking at nature, you never know what you'll come across. Here, a pair of snail shells, the larger being about the size of a dime (if that), the tiny one being barely larger than a pin head. Always keep your eyes peeled for magical treasures!


KaHolly said...

Your pictures are so beautiful. With springtime here, I am going to miss my camera terribly!!

Frank said...

Hi Heather. We have also had the driest winter and this week's weather is more like summer so like you everything is also much further advanced. We are currently praying for rain ... most unusual for this time of year!

Judy said...

Wow!! I love the bluebells, and that tiny dewdrop, but the capture of the two snail shells just blows me away! I love the way the larger one is broken, and the small one is exploring!!!

Jain said...

Lovely series of photos! Congratulations on your first Bluebells! I tell myself they're ~all~ my favorites, but this one slays me every Spring. I'm about to post a few pics myself.