A Beautiful Day

Blossoms of promise

This Sunday morning, it certainly looks like a beautiful day lies ahead!  The Sun is out and bright, it’s warming with an expected high of 89F (31C), and Spring is establishing its grip on the landscape.

Soon, the apple trees will be blossoming again with their promise of delicious results around Autumn, as New England produces a variety of wonderful apples.  Apple orchards dot the landscape in our area, often containing well-aged trees that produce year after year; well-maintained apple trees can reach the ripe old age of 100 years unless they are allowed to stagnate.

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It’s Spring!

The rite of Spring is under way, and we welcome its return!

Have a most wonderful Easter!

Happy Easter

Flowers are near in New England!

Easter is one of those fun holidays that brings old and young together, as they are looking for eggs around the yard or queuing up for a picture with the Easter Bunny.  Families get together, whether to have an elaborate dinner or enjoy the first great Spring weather outside and admire the flowers and enjoy the gentle breezes.

It’s a time to feel ourselves regenerate from Winter or enjoy the early Autumn, if we’re in the Southern Hemisphere.  In New England, we start looking for more flowers to show their beauty, such as this…

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Simple Beauty

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 49

Springing with lots of zest!

The 49th episode of our weekly challenge brought out the latest season to come across the vernal equinox.  Spring has sprung and the snow is melting in New England, so there’s hope that the first flowers are not too far off.  We’re all ready for a bit of green and lots of other colros to blast those winter blues out of here!

Not only did your creativity shift into high gear, but I’m completely blown away by the volume of your responses!  It was a lot of fun checking each of your entries out, as well as inspiring!  Yes, there were several varieties of Spring in the air (or on the ground in some cases).  Thank you all for a great response!

Of course with the new season there might also be the advent of a weed or two…

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Dandelions

Playing with the depth of field in this image provided me with a bit of fun in this image!

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts (my apologies for only providing links this time around, as I’m still in catch-up mode at work):

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  Tomorrow we’re on to another week…

Ready for Spring

Searching for meaning among snow…

As we’re watching the snow melt altogether too slowly during this first week of Spring, I cannot help, but think that a bit of green would not be misplaced among all the white  and gray…

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will see some, before I travel south once again!

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This snow fence is brought to you by the WordPress Daily Post theme of Meaningless.

May your day be wonderful!

Two Faces of Spring

There’s nothing like Spring…

In recognition of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge that proves that it’s Easy Being Green and a nod to the Tuesday Photo Challenge of Spring, I thought that I’d share you two different aspects of this wonderful season…

Under normal circumstances one would expect Spring to bring in green and color after a Winter bereft of those very features; after months of white (and gray) and much more darkness than we really want to have, we experience the rebirth of Nature!

That would be something along these lines…

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There should be green, light and an altogether expansive sense of beauty!

Then again, there’s New England weather to deal with over here…

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Much enjoyed by the dogs, but not quite as much by the humans 🙂

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spring

Springtime?

Welcome to Week 49 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. After a week of great entries in response to the challenge theme of Curve, I’m energized to be back home for the next iteration of our fun challenge!

This week, I think it is time to celebrate Spring, as it has just arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and I think many of us are ready for the warmer days and the colors that arrive with the season.   In the Southern Hemisphere, feel free to look back (or forward) to Spring and share your thoughts.

As always, feel free to be creative in your interpretation of the theme, and be sure to put your best effort into creating something evocative in your images.  I’m looking forward to seeing your great posts!

A bit of Spring arrival to get you started this week…

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Bottle Baby

This iphoto came from wandering around on a farm, where my wife was training one of our dogs.  This little lamb had not been accepted by its mother, so it needed bottle-feeding.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Can’t wait to see what springs to your minds and cameras!  Should be a fun week!

First Day of Spring

Warmer days ahead!

Yes, the time of year has arrived that we start celebrating Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, whereas the beautiful Autumn season descends upon the Southern Hemisphere.

Spring is all about renewal and hope, and looking forward to warmer days!  In New England, it doesn’t quite look like warmer days yet, as there’s still a significant snow cover from last week’s storm.  So, I’ll give you an image to look forward to…

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Monarch Butterfly

This beautiful Monarch will be returning to these parts in the next couple of months, as a true harbinger of Summer!  Im looking forward to it!

 

Sunday Morning – Forever Young

May your heart always be joyful

Starting off this Sunday morning with a bit of music and photography, as I’m surrounded by sleeping Corgis and the sunshine comes in through the windows.  A bit of relaxed Sunday morning time both looking back and forward while practicing a bit of guitar!

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Bottle Baby

This first image is from Spring 6 years ago, and it still makes me smile to see the eagerness of the little lamb, as it’s being fed.  Lambs are a sure sign of Spring!

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Summer Beauty

This second image is more looking forward toward Summer, as it is from last year during one of my visits to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  A beautiful day filled with sunshine, flowers and the great outdoors!

Here’s Bob Dylan with the Band playing Forever Young, as it’s one of the songs in my playlist:

Have a wonderful day!

WPC – Looking to the Future

Warmer times ahead!

This week’s theme for the DailyPost Weekly Photo Challenge is Future, urging us to focus on the potential of things to come.  I am planning to post several images throughout the week, with today’s image providing a wistful look forward….

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Is it beach season yet?

This scene presented itself to me during a walk in one of our local state parks in early April.  Clearly someone was well-prepared for warmer times to arrive soon!

Let’s look forward toward warmer weather!

Technical Details

This image was shot with my iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Future

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – pt 5

Winter relinquishes its hold

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of  Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.  Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her.  Go check her blog out!!

After a brief hiatus to catch up with things, here we continue for the final three days of the challenge…

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Spring’s Thaw

This image came from a walk in early Spring 2011, on a beautiful day that showed the promise of the season that had just commenced.  Walking by this small pond, my eye caught the interesting aspect of having two distinct types of reflection at work: the slightly rippled water and the not-quite-perfect ice.

What attracted me about these reflections is not only the difference, but also the similarity.  In transition from water to ice, the character of the reflection is preserved, as can be seen in a number of the birch trunks.  But then, we also see that the reflection is more muted and diffuse in the ice.

Hope you enjoy this image, as Spring moves forward in the Northern Hemisphere.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/80 second with f/9 at 400 ISO.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Walking with a Smacked Pentax is a truly fantastic blog with beautiful images of the sights of Northern England.  Go check out this talented, creative blog!  If he accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!