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For the Love of….SPRING!

It started raining this afternoon a minute or two after I stepped outside with my camera to capture a few shots of the daffodils which are finally starting to bloom.  And you know what?  It smelled like a Spring rain.   So wonderful!

Spring, flowers, daffodils

Daffodil with raindrop

Minor adjustments to vibrancy set in Lightroom, and gradient filter applied to lighten left side of background.  (I love using the gradient filter tool now that I’ve learned how!) Textured with one layer of Kim Klassen’s kk_rest_magic texture, blend mode screen, opacity 80%, brushed completely off flower and additional brushing at a very low opacity (12%)  to reduce effect  over the background.

Linking up with Kim’s Textured Tuesday today.

Travel Theme: Pale

Ailsa’s theme this week is “Pale“.  While it is very easy to think of Spring as being colorful, some of its most beautiful aspects are the slow display of color as the flowers begin to bloom. Two days ago, there were only a few stray daffodils in bloom.  Today, they’re everywhere, the vinca is blooming, and the trees are starting to bud.   There will be bright colors — maybe as early as tomorrow — but today, it was subtle.

Subtle Spring

Want to join in the fun?   Check out Ailsa’s blog:  Where’s My Backpack.   Here are just a few of the participants:

Techy info:
Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro lens, ISO1600, f/7.1, 1/1000 (it’s been a windy day!)
Edited in ACR and PS Elements 8, Textures from Kim Klassen: PlasterSquared; Clarity.

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote …

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

First Signs of Spring

First Signs of Spring

Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
(That slepen al the nyght with open eye)
So priketh hem Nature in hir corages
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

~ Geofrey Chaucer

Linking up with Texture Tuesday.   A few layers of Kim Klassen’s texture kk_3303_2 and one of kk_cherish (which mostly was masked out of the final image).    As always, I appreciate your feedback on this image.

I’m Solar-Powered …. and need a bit of Spring

9.25 was the number yesterday.   9.25 inches of snow, a 100-year-record in my area of the country for this late in March.   It was a year ago that I went to a friend’s home to photograph her garden because she thought she would miss it before she returned from her winter home in the South.  I went hiking one day in mid-March without sunscreen and paid the price.   All the Spring wildflowers had faded by the first of April.

But this year?  9.25 inches of heavy wet snow.  It started Sunday, dumping a few inches on the ground but not sticking to the roads.  By noon it had stopped and everything on the trees and lawns had melted.   I thought we had dodged a bullet.   Around dinner time it started up again with a fury, covering the ground within minutes.   Because Daylight Savings Time is earlier now than in past years, this may have been the first time I experienced a heavy snowstorm in the daylight — at 8 pm!

Monday morning everything was covered.  It was cold and the winds had picked up.  At times it was difficult to tell if it was snowing again — and often it was — or whether it was merely snow being shaken off the trees.  Every once and awhile I would see a robin.   This weather isn’t for the birds!   I bet that bird wondered why he had booked his return flight north so early.

I wandered outside later in the day, accompanied by my camera and my iPhone.  Since the iPhone is new, I thought I’d take a few setups with both.  Having a phone that was so old my family liked to tease me that it was “so last century” (hyperbole runs rampant in my household, but they were almost correct), I have been amazed at the quality of the photos this little wonder that fits in my pocket can take.

But you know what?  I’m bored with pictures of the trees in the woods covered with snow.   I’m fatigued by ice crystals slowly melting off the picnic table.  I’m no longer fascinated by the frost patterns on the windows and sidewalks.   I’ve seen enough of footprints left by woodland critters on the driveway.  I’m fed-up with the constant grey haze that permeates the midwestern winter.   I’m solar-powered and I need the sun!

And yet, in the midst of the white fluffy snow, there are hints that this Second Winter, Winter 2.0, or The Winter That Never Ends — call it what you want — will in fact melt away and soon there will be flowers and trees in bloom.

The flowers will bloom tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.  Can it please only be a day away?

The flowers will bloom tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Can it please only be a day away?

I didn’t like any of the photos that I shot, but this one, with just a hint of yellow and green against the rocks reminds me to keep looking forward a few weeks to more enjoyable weather.  The photos weren’t as clear as I liked, nor were they exposed correctly (dark afternoon shadows and bright-grey light — ugh!).  So this seemed a perfect candidate for adding some artistic, painterly effects and some overlays.   I liked adding a texture (Kim Klassen’s Grunged Up 2) to the snow.   I’m over it looking pretty in its pristine condition. Don’t beguile me with your whiteness, ye blanket of snow!  When it doesn’t melt around here, it gets very grungy looking and so I thought this image deserved the same.    Pow!  Take that snow!   

Linking up for Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.  This week’s theme:  Flowers.   New green growth with a few buds hinting at blossoms is about as close as you can get to flowers in the wild here and I wasn’t about to head out to the store in the snow!  🙂

April showers may bring May flowers, but warm weather brings them sooner.

Some people think that photographing flowers is blah. For me, it’s that time of year when I always fear that I will burn out the sensor in my camera!

Two shots from today:

A bunch of daffodils sprout against the wall in this spot every year. This year, they’re among the first to bloom.

Love the shadows against the stone.

This lone blue flower surfaced between two rocks at the edge of our koi pond. I have no idea what it is, but it sure is pretty!

A lone volunteer