51 – Spring *

Special thanks to Amy for providing the photos. Amy is in the USA and I encourage readers to visit her photography blog Heaven on Earth. Amy is currently dealing with family matters, so she has blocked comments. But still visit to see her photos and feel free to comment on her images here. Besides, she may make a surprise appearance here. Amy’s work is copyrighted by Amy Rose Photography.

This post is hosting Marsha’s Wednesday Writing Challenge. If you have a post about spring – past or upcoming – either link as a pingback or paste the URL in the comments. Poems, quotes, stories, essays, photos, and quotes are welcome.

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Spring is the time of Earth’s increasing tilt relative to the sun. Spring in one hemisphere exiting winter – but autumn in the other hemisphere moving toward winter. No matter if one is in the northern or southern hemisphere, spring is the seasonal time between winter and summer.

Although a calendar date associated with the position of Earth relative to the sun determines its start, spring is a time linked to increasing temperatures and biological activity above and below the ground. Increased ground temperature causes bulbs to awaken, seeds to germinate, sap to move upward from the roots, and initiating new growth.

Spring is a time when melting snow and spring rains transform creeks into streams, streams into small rivers, and rivers into larger swollen versions of its normal self – sometimes water overflowing the banks. 

Spring is a time of unstable weather – a time for thunderstorms, tornadoes, supercells, and wide temperature swings. However, spring is a special time of year – a time when rain falls, puddles dot the ground, plants green, and the sun warms – all leading the way to a transition time that is alive, booming, and anew. Spring is a banquet of life’s newest bouquet.

Spring is not subtle – it is chaotic. Spring keeps us guessing and on our toes. We are anxious – a time when we want to be released from winter’s cage to go outside – so spring tests our patience. Coming off winter, we want it now, forgetting we have to go through a difficult transition when winter reminds us it doesn’t want to leave while other days tease us with what is to come.

Yet, spring is a time when winter rares its head saying “not yet” reminding us that nature is in charge of the transition – a time that is beyond our control. There is something to the idea that the first month of spring comes in roaring like a lion, then ends like a lamb.

Spring is an act in nature’s ballet involving a changing wardrobe by donning green to replace the gray and brown. Spring is a time we want to match what is happening outside – a time when we transition from coats to jackets – from long sleeves to short sleeves – from heavier clothing to lighter – from duller colors to bright and brilliant. 

Spring beckons, and then living things respond. The sun is getting higher over the solitary field that is ready to burst forth because it is nature’s time to respond with a spectrum of colors. Spring ignites a vitality that winter subdued, so spring delivers a feeling of relief and eternity.

Spring is the time when the sun is nature’s soft kiss while the refreshing air makes us giddy with excitement – so spring draws us out of the house to dance in the spring wind. Yes, spring is a time of shaking off the winter blues after months of seasonal slumber.

Spring is a season of life’s awakening, rejuvenation, and new beginning with sprouting bulbs leading the way – followed by birds returning, seed germinating, and stems greening.

Spring is a time when nature sounds its trumpet for life to respond. Birds flirting and building nests, insects buzzing, newly-born animals making their way into the world, buds opening into flowers flashing new color while other buds appear as new growth or future flowers. Buds, blossoms, seedlings, blooms – a time for daffodils, tulips, lilies, and crocuses – for pink and white dogwoods, purplish-pink redbuds, yellow forsythias, blooming fruit trees, and the annual, glorious display of cherry blossoms.

Spring is a time we associate with spring break, spring cleaning, the spring equinox, and increased outdoor activities – a time to open windows, hands to smell of soil, clothes stained with green and brown – a time when we mow, till, hoe, cut, spade, water, clean, fertilize, and plant. Spring is the time we cherish the smell of freshly cut grass. 

Spring is a special time of year following winter while also being the gateway to summer. Spring is the time life prepares for a summer party – a time we start feeling the sun’s warmth and seeing brighter colors. Spring is a joyful time when we are most hopeful for a positive tomorrow.

Although it is currently winter here at the beach where I walk and at my distant home, to me – compared home – spring has begun after a short winter. I am confident that after returning home, winter will deliver at least one. “I missed you” message, but odds are those messages will be brief.

From my perspective, my time here shortens my winter and extends my spring by allowing me to begin to enjoy the rainbow of spring colors much earlier. Besides, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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171 thoughts on “51 – Spring *”

      1. yes, but today it is still cold… Spring usually comes suddenly with a very hot temperatures in here, like an early summer… not as in my past years… the heating system works now and also fireplace too… Thank you, Love, nia

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  1. Interesting, isn’t it that perhaps there are no seasons on the beach, only weather? A rainy windy spring day may be less appealing than a bright gusty winter day. But here, with no beach in sight, spring is manifesting itself – flowers are peeking through and the birds are site-hunting: and all the other things you’ve written about too!

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    1. Margaret,
      The seasons are so relative to location. While I can’t imagine Scandanavian winter, it is interesting how the seasons slowly move on our planet. We snowbirds go south to avoid our own winter and lengthen our spring. Nonetheless, I know spring has sprung in your area – enjoy the visual feast!

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  2. Beautiful photos…….I always think of Spring as a “new start” – all the brown dead foliage goes and bright green fresh appears- my mood soars every Spring. As much as I love Fall and the start of “fires in the fireplace” season, I truly love the renewal and freshness of Spring the most.

    Pam

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    1. Pam, I am thrilled you found so much pleasure in my images. Spring is perhaps my favorite season but it’s a tough call between Spring and Fall for me. Thank you for viewing my photography from Spring of last year. xo

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      1. I am a big fan of Fall too…..the brilliantly colored leaves, the smell of fires in fireplaces, the crunch of dry leaves under foot…..I even enjoy seeing my breath on a frosty morning! Capturing those magic moments of the seasons on film is quite a talent and you have it!

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    1. Peggy, no matter how many wow’s I do get, the thrill of hearing yet one more is as exciting as the very first wow. Thank you for complimenting my images!! I have a passion for Mother and I love to share what She gives me. xo

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  3. Great thoughts on the transition, Frank. Spring is all these things. Last week, I watched as geese were flying overhead, north to their summer home. Spring always reminds me that all of nature is awake and involved. Winter is avoided. Spring is embraced. Amy, you know how much I enjoy your photos. You guys make a great team.

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  4. Ah spring – if not for winter would we so appreciate it Frank?! Our spring has sprung and is definitely following your comment about the way it teases us with glorious sunshine one week and then cold rainy wind the next. Like you, I can no longer imagine living in a place where there is REAL winter – our 40s and 50s are quite cold enough for me thank you! Appreciate your lovely ode to spring – may it arrive sooner and last longer each and every year! And PS. the images are beautiful. Loved the little duckling and those beautiful birds especially.

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    1. Tina,
      If I recall, your prior residence was north – so cheers to you relaxing in SC. Winter is certainly different there! Spring has so much going on, it is a bit rambunctious … It’s kind of like kids leaving class and heading to the playground. Glad you enjoyed Amy’s images. She truly loves nature. From my standpoint, I have no idea what images she will send, so I’m eager while waiting. Guess I’m much like spring, just ready to jump at the chance!

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    2. Tina, thank you so much for your compliments on my photography. The orange birds are Baltimore Orioles. I seriously got lucky that day for these birds usually for me are very shy around my camera. These two, however that day allowed me the privilege to capture them. And that duckling I agree …. what a sweetie!!

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  5. Lovely post about the glories of spring. And oh, that music! Achingly beautiful. Listening right now, and it’s bringing tears to my eyes. As you know, beautiful Spring is still on the horizon in Maine. Winter is not quite ready to leave. But soon, soon.

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  6. Exceptional accompanying photos, Frank! Your statement “Spring is not subtle – it is chaotic” is a bit of an understatement given that 2+ feet of snow is on the ground at my house. We’ll probably (and quickly) move straight to summer soon. ☀️

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    1. Thank you so very kindly for your compliment on my photography. I love what I do and I also love to share what I do. My heart beats with joy when I know I have shared Mother’s beauty with others. SMILE! xo

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  7. Lovely, Frank! You are so right about the chaotic nature of spring. We’re back to the cold here after some beautiful warm days. Beautiful photos by Amy.
    Thank you for sharing my Spring Dreams poem!

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    1. Merril,
      Perfect word – chaotic – yep that captures spring, too! Its back-and-forth nature (especially in March) drives everyone batty, Personally, I think because we are tired of winter and anxious for spring. Not only am I happy to share your poem, I thank you for writing it! Glad you enjoyed Amy’s photos!

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    1. John,
      “We all love spring.” … perfect! Simple and to the point. You had a very cold blast including ice. Because it was relatively short in duration, I wonder how many didn’t make it. Cincinnati had a long stretch of cold, so we are wondering about a couple of our outdoor plants – actually one we planted two years ago. They still need a little more time to decide.

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  8. Frank, what a delightful, very talented post from you. Your thoughts again give me food to contemplate upon. You are ever so correct in saying Spring tries our patience. Oh yes that She does. There are days that OH are glorious and so warm and then bam! slam! freezing cold! I have to keep reminding myself it is only March so settle down, Girl, and focus, be patient, and all will come to BE. And oh, my comments are now open fyi ….. Thank you again for choosing my images to match your exceptional words. You have a way of “thinking” in words that I really do appreciate. Blessings!! xo

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    1. Amy,
      Thanks so much for the kind words. I try to have a similar rhythm and tone in each walk – and if I can give someone something to think about, that’s a bonus. March sure is testy – a time when it can be in the 60s one day, and then the next day with cold and even snow. Crazy times – but patience is key! Thank you for your willingness to share your images with me and my readers! For me, your style focuses on the seasons that also capture your love for nature. THANK YOU!

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    1. Thank you, Jo, for your generous praise of my photographs. My heart shines through what I capture for in loving what I do, the essence of magic is for all to see who view Mother’s Gifts via my camera. Blessings. xo

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  9. Frank, thank you for springing this post of hope upon us. It is alive and lovely.
    Amy’s photos are sumptuous. I am a huge fan of her photography.
    As a matter of fact, Amy’s photos of flowers have inspired me to the point where my new Art Gown is dedicated to her. She already knows this.
    Amy, I just finished the Art Gown a couple of days ago. I’ve been cleaning up, and setting the stage to take pics on Fri. Sat. & Sunday, our only sunny days for awhile.
    The post should be up around the weekend after. I was going to surprise you with the post. However, now that you are here, I’m spilling the beans.
    The Art Gown is gorgeous, like you.
    Much love – Resa

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    1. Oh my goodness, Resa, I am SOOOOO excited to see this gown. I wait in anticipation!!! I know how hard you have worked on it and the time you have spent on it, blows my mind. I am so honored that you made this gown for me in mind. I just cannot wait to see what your genius mind has created. You’re like me …… it’s so hard for me to stay quiet when I have a big surprise for someone. LOL OOOOOOOO …….. it’s Christmas in almost Springtime! xoxoxoxoxoxox

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        1. THANK YOU, Resa!!! My hair represents my health, both inside and out. It has gotten so long and so thick. It grows so fast if I could I’d be at my hairdresser’s every 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks to get my roots done. Nothing but organic even for my hair. SMILIES!! Makes a big difference. Am looking forward to this weekend!! I’ll do my best to have a new post up too!! Much love your way, dear Resa!! xo

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  10. Hi Frank,
    Indeed spring, and every season, is a time of transition when every day heralds new subtle changes, both in nature and in ourselves too. We’ve entered Autumn here and the colours are changing rapidly. Your words are beautiful Frank and Amy’s photos, as always for I know her well, are full of magic, love and colour. You’ve both brought Spring and the earth to life through this combined beauty of a post. Thank you and much love to you both. 🌸💗

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    1. Miriam,
      Good to know that you are already an admirer of Amy’s photography. She replied to many commenters earlier, so I’m hoping she returns today to see yours and others. “Full of magic, love, and colour” are great descriptors of her photos. I’m hoping time will allow her to be the collaborator in all my season posts.

      Because you are in the southern hemisphere, I considered back-to-back posts of the opposing seasons. That is, autumn be the next post. Well – that was my idea until I decided to follow Marsha’s challenge schedule. So at least I recognize your seasons are counter to mine. 🙂

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    2. Blessings to you, Miriam, for your words that speak of love and kindness. These pictures taken last Spring only inspire me this Spring to discover what Mother will be showing me. I am so excited!!! So much love to you!! xo

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  11. When I read your post Frank I thought of the 4 seasons by Vivaldi and especially the Spring .
    I loved the wild fruit tree in bloom, the little duck, the dancing couple of birds, the lila and the Muscari..
    Reading your post put us in joy . Bravo also the the photographer.
    In friendship
    Michel

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    1. Michel, in reading your words about me, I felt humbled and a slight blush come over me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for embracing the beauty Mother so selflessly shares with me. Bless you! xo

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  12. Spring is not subtle – it is chaotic – I loved this statement :)) How spring is a transition and not a one time event, so it comes with a certain unpredictability. It is a blooming of Earth from the silence of winter. Beautiful post!

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  13. Thanks again, Frank and Amy for a lovely post about spring and hosting this week’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesday’s Writing Challenge. For those wishing to join in the challenge, feel free to post a link to your blog post in which you choose a quote from someone and respond to it. (It might even be Frank.) Or you can post your quote and response right in Frank’s comment box. I look forward to your responses. 🙂

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      1. Yay! I’ll be by later today to check. 🙂 Terri had over three hundred hits on her Sunday Stills the other day. If I ever get that many, Whew! If even half of those respond, that’s at least 300-400 minutes of responding. I only have 27 comments to answer right now plus any on your blog. You get a ton of responses.

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        1. My goal is to respond to all – so I know the time it takes. I learned very early as a blogger, if someone takes the time to comment, I need to take the time to respond …. .and for me, that means more than a thank you. For you here, I recommend only responding to the links & pingbacks.

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  14. Just so I don’t forget, thanks for linking my “Marching into spring” post above, Frank. Much appreciate. Amy, I love your photos, especially the one of the birds. Seeing trees covered with blossoms like those you captured in another shot is quintessential spring as well. Having been in Arizona almost an entire year after a life lived almost exclusively in the Midwest is exposing me to a different sort of spring and at a different time. Keeps life interesting, that’s for sure, but you notice that spring photos rarely, unless you live there, show anything from the desert. It’s the same for gardening books. Forget the majority of them because a) the times that things will grow is completely different in the desert/Southwest and b) unless you water extensively, you won’t have those sorts of lush plantings. I think if you live in a desert or low-water area you should go with native plants for the most part. Water is too precious to squander!

    But I’ve wandered far afield. Frank, as always I enjoyed your thoughts and I’m looking forward to getting back to the Preserve soon to see how spring is progressing there.

    janet

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    1. Oh, Janet, I am thrilled you enjoyed my photography from WNY. I am so excited to see what I can discover this year as we roll into Spring. It’s such joy to witness everything coming back to life after a Winter’s dormancy.

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  15. I do love Spring, Frank, and here in my region the bulbs are all popping up in flower and the air feels brisk and clean. I love this time of year. And as it happens, my birthday is Saturday, the first day of Spring. I’ve always enjoyed that little fact! 🙂

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    1. Debra,
      Hooray for spring having sprung in your area. Sure you have a winter, but not like we northerners – so you still have a spring! Now why am I not surprised you love this time of the year – especially with your garden oasis. 🙂 … Oh no … pressure is on me to remember Saturday! 🙂

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    1. Cindy,
      Thanks for the kind words for all of us. 🙂 Seeing green reappear is part of the thrill. When we were south, many golf courses have Bermuda grass – which is dormant brown. I still recall on course painting the greens green. But by the time we were leaving, green was start to reappear …. and now, here in Cincinnati, too!

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  16. Your post is so inspiring and of course I love walking on the beach myself. Our favorite beach closes at 5 because it is a state park and our governor hasn’t released them back to normal hours. The bars & restaurants can be open until wee hours of the morning, but we can’t enjoy our state park beaches until dusk. It’s all about the money, unemployment and cutbacks. I need a vacation!

    Amy’s photos are fabulous and the flute was quite tranquil. Loved it! Thanks for sharing you wonderful walks with us! 🙂

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    1. Lisa,
      Welcome first-time beach walk to the sands of my personal beach. Cheers to your love for walking on the beach. Glad that you found some peace of mind with the words, Amy’s photos, and the music. Are you in California? Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m off to get some green Cincinnati style spaghetti.

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      1. Thanks Frank. I’m in Jacksonville, Florida. 30 minutes and I’m at the beach on the Atlantic side. Hope you had a nice St. Patty’s Day! Not sure what to make of green spaghetti. 😊

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  17. How true, your words on Spring: a period of transition. And this year seems to be worse than usual. The mists will not clear, the rain won’t stop, the sun appears for less than an hour, the temperature lingers just above freezing, the wind howls. But I’m holding on, cos soon enough it will be gone

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  18. What bright beautiful spring colors in Amy’s photos! “Spring ignites a vitality that winter subdued, so spring delivers a feeling of relief and eternity.” I agree with you 100%! (We’re expecting a little snow tomorrow morning…)

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  19. Lovely post, Frank. Spring is definitely chaotic, blowing hot then cold but usually just a tad warmer than the time before. Watching everything come to life is beautiful and even the smell of rot is welcome because it means new is coming and old is going!
    Lovely pan music as well.

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