The glorious displays of Spring are not waiting for any official date. Blossoms are everywhere and it is a delightful change after the somberness of the much needed winter rains. The rains are expected to bring a bumper crop of flowery distractions that I am really looking forward to seeing. Meanwhile here are a few of the blossoms in my garden.
Photo 1: Sunlight and blossoms
Photo 2: Blossoming Spring
Photo 3: Blossoming delights
Hope the new year bring you many beautiful moments!
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson
Like a blossom’s fleeting beauty,
Life is filled with unique moments to treasure,
Spring time of bountiful pleasure
that brings joy to the soul.
The joyous sight of Spring blossoms announcing that winter is drawing to a close. These are a few dotted around our neighborhood.
Photo 1: Spring is blossoming
Photo 2: Blossom and bud
Photo 3: Hope springs eternal
Photo 4: Spring blossom profusion
The pea-like blossoms of this tree caught my attention in early Spring firstly because of the vibrant pink colour and secondly because they appeared before the tree leaves giving it a very dramatic appearance. Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a small tree usually found in the eastern United States. Redbud is also known as Judas-tree because according to legend, Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a branch of an earlier European species.
Photo 1: Eastern Redbud buds and blooms
Photo 2: Easter Redbud buds
Photo 3: Eastern Redbud blossoming
Photo 4: Eastern Redbud blooming
Photo 5: Eastern Redbud blossoms
There is a tiny clementine (citrus) tree in the front garden but despite it’s size it is an enthusiastic grower. It has already produced two small fruits that didn’t survive the curiosity of the children. In Afrikaans we call these fruits “naartjies” and it is apparently a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange. It is now however sporting several white blossoms so here are a few pics. I also thought they would make a nice subject for a monochrome project that I am working on.
Photo 1: Clementine blossoms on a rainy day
Photo 2: Clementine blossom buds
Photo 3: Clementine blossoming
Photo 4: Clementine blossom bud tips
Photo 5: Clementine blossoms blooming
Photo 6: Clementine blossom and bud
Photo 7: Clementine blossoms with raindrops
Photo 8: Clementine blossoms monochrome reflection
Our local park is coming alive with the sights and sounds of Spring. It is usually rather busy so it took me a while to get the path without people on it. A group of gentleman that had just completed their morning Tai Chi session however was such a lovely sight that I didn’t mind watching them walk down the blossom-lined avenue. A picture of friendship.
Photo 1: Blossom Avenue
Photo 2: Lampposts monitor the avenue
Photo 3: Blossoms galore
Photo 4: Avenue in Bloom
Photo 5: A picture of friendship
Photo 6: Dog with a view
Photo 7: Blossom Avenue Central