Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring Emerges

Plant life has grown considerably over the past couple of weeks. Just a short while back, branches were bare. Leaves and flowers are now in near-full bloom but during that magical time in between, I was out with my camera, snapping a few shots for emerging buds. I hope you enjoy them.

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment. ~ Ellis Peters

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~ Terri Guillemets

Spring is a true reconstructionist. ~ Henry Timrod

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~ Robin Williams

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

robin egg
"Robins, how can you tell the difference between your eggs and the sky?" ~ Joseph Pintauro


Johanna said...

I am in love with the pictures you have uploaded in this post , particularly the white flower pictures isssss so heavenly, no words to describe how much I liked it!Spring is the most pleasant season of them all.
Fragrance Of Spring
Find your signature spring perfume.

She Who Carries Camera said...

That first one is magical! We're heading into summer down here!

Tabor said...

Glad to see spring is now unpacking its bags in your back yard!!!

Anonymous said...

Love that third pic. Wish I could be posting spring pictures right now!

Shammickite said...

Spring never fails to amaze me.... how everything endures such a cold hard winter and seems to be totally dead, but then bursts forth with renewed greenness.... it's lovely.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

it IS astonishing!

Russell said...

Very nice images, as always.

I confess. Fall is my favorite time of year but spring is quite special, too. A person can't help but feel rejuvenated by seeing the signs of life emerging.

I really enjoyed your photos from a few days ago, too, with the red winged blackbird, tulips, etc.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful quotations to go along with those magical shots!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

So neat how the second photo looks almost black and white in the blurred background, but colorful up close. How true that every spring is absolutely astonishing!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Stunning! Especially the first one. The quotations were perfect for the images and for the season. I especially enjoyed the one from Robin Williams. Party!

DJan said...

The first picture is my favorite, but as usual I am in awe at your ability to capture a season so beautifully, both with your pictures and your choice of quotations. Thank you!

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful and so full of bursting life.

Out on the prairie said...

You found some really beautiful shots.

Lynne with an e said...

Such tender beauty captured here.

TexWisGirl said...

Those are gorgeous, and the sentiments are perfect. Just food for the soul, indeed. :)

Dianne said...

the first shot has such wonderful color and texture
and the sweet robin's egg!! how lovely

Daryl said...

Makes me glad I have no spring allergies .. and how sad I felt when I saw the broken shell...I hope its from having the chick pop out and not because critter broke/ate it

Pat - Arkansas said...

Ahhhh! Spring! Love the photos and 'on-the-mark' quotations. Lovely!

Karen said...

Those are great! I love the quote about the "shrieking into the night." Brings up lots of "writerly" ideas. Thanks!

Anyes said...

Hilary, Spring is here indeed and your camera beautifully captured its awakening. Thank you :-)

Lisa said...

Just Beautiful. Leave are just popping here in Alberta too.
Have a wonderful day.

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Why is it that new life always seems to restore faith? Thank you for these beautiful pics of new life.

Anvilcloud said...

Super macros. Do you have a macro lens?

abb said...

I love watching spring unfold!
Beautiful photos.

ellen abbott said...

Hilary, I so love your photos. the way you zero in on small things.

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

Nature and you make these photos breath taking.

MaggieGem said...

Such beautiful captures of spring finally settling in... love the blossoms shot!

Kristina P. said...

Love the blue egg. We've been under rain for days!

Gail Dixon said...

Love spring! So well documented here with your beautiful photos. All the new green leaves and fuzz make me smile.

chariskalee said...

Thanks for the beautiful and like always, inspiring post. Love it!!!

Indrani said...

Wow! Lovely!
Such freshness!!

Frank Baron said...

Nice buncha' buds. The first one is especially gorgeous - the background blur sets it off beautifully.

Unknown said...

Love the photos and the quotes with them. For some reason, I loved the robin egg pic ...

We are a bit further along down here ... all blooming trees almost done. Sigh

Suldog said...

I'm in awe. I don't know how it is that every time I come here you make me go "Wow!", but you do. You'd think by now I'd expect greatness.

Barbara said...

Ditto Suldog. I haven't seen a robin's egg in 40 years - thanks for sharing this one. Love that quote!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful spring capture, of the vernal renewal and growth... Such details...
It feels almost like summer here as we have had an unusual spring so far, very warm and dry and the nature has leaped forward incredibly.
Have a lovely weekend dear friend,

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, wow, wow and wow. Those pictures, I can't say anything. They are beautiful..............

Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh the beauty of spring.The first image is stunning.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~ Terri Guillemets"

Gotta like that quote. I think I've bloomed before.

Dan said...

A chorus of blooms and new growth... and a new hatchling. Brilliant imagery!

CorvusCorax12 said...

gorgeous pictures...seen the first wild blooms today and didn't have my camera, i hope i remember tomorrow

Unspoken said...

I saw these very things about a month ago here. In the mid seventies today! WOOT :).NEVER have I seen blue egg. Is that real?

yaya said...

I love spring but we've had so much rain it's been a bit depressing..but I guess the flowers and leaves do stand out more against a grey background! I love the last pic..hopefully the occupant of the egg has flown the coup!

Mental P Mama said...

Gorgeous! We have a nest of robins at our front door. But no parrot...thank you for all the help....

messymimi said...

Party indeed!

It would seem more like a symphony than shrieking to me.

Pauline said...

these posts of stunning photos and perfect quotes are my favorites!

Hilary said...

• Thanks very kindly, Johanna. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the photos. I sure had fun capturing them. :)

• Jill, thank you. We're heading there too.. eventually. ;)

• Tabor, it's about time, eh? :)

• Robin, it's been a long time coming. I wish you fine weather, no matter the season. And much better health! :)

• Shammie, you're so right. It's wonderful how the earth awakens again each year. And as much as I gripe about winter, it sure does make me appreciate spring and summer. :)

• Thank you, Gary. :)

• Russell, you're not alone as far as autumn being your favourite season but it's not me who's keeping you company. ;) I love this time of year.. and especially summer. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Lady Fi, thank you kindly. :)

• Elizabeth, it was a very grey day and the background was pond water. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. :)

• Thanks very much, Linda. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the photos and the quotes. Robin Williams always has something fun to say. :)

• DJan, you're too kind. Your thoughtful words mean so much to me. Thank you for that, dear lady. :)

• Thank you very much, Leah. :)

• Steve, thank you kindly. :)

• Louciao, thank you. Very much appreciated. :)

• Texwisgirl, your kind words mean a lot to me. Thank you for that. :)

• Thank you, Dianne. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Daryl, spring allergies would be almost as bad as pet allergies! I can't promise you that it's a hatched shell but in either event, some creature endured.. either the young robin of the critter which sated its hunger. ;)

• Thank you, Pat. Much appreciated. :)

• Karen, thank you. I enjoy finding those inspiring quotes. :)

• Anyes, thank you so kindly. Very much appreciated. :)

• Lisa, the season has begun in earnest. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Bonnie, that's so true. We always feel so rejuvenated in the spring, don't we? Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, AC. I do not have a macro but I fake it with a 70 - 300mm lens from a distance. A kind of a faux macraux. ;)

Hilary said...

• TSannie, it's probably my favourite season to photograph.. 2nd favourite over all. :)

• Ellen, thank you so much for that. Your kind words mean so much to me. :)

• Linda in NM, thank you so kindly. :)

• MaggieGem, thanks very much. :)

• Kristina, it's been very rainy here too.. partly sunny today, though. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Belle, thanks very much. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

• Chariskalee, thank you so much. :)

• Indrani, thank you kindly. :)

• Frank, thanks so much. That always means so much to me, coming from you. :)

• Missing Moments, thank you. Robins' eggs are beautiful to me because of the colour. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. :)

• Suldog, thank you, my friend. You always make me feel good about what I do. You're a gem. :)

• Barbara, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the egg pic and the quotes. Much appreciated. :)

• Zuzana, you're definitely into warmer weather than we are. I imagine it will happen suddenly here but for the most part, our spring has been about a month behind schedule. Thanks always for the visit. :)

• Well thank you, Bob. Coming from you, that means a lot to me. :)

• Thanks kindly, Ruth. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

• MJ, thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Daniel. I'm always happy to see you drop by. :)

• Twain, thank you kindly. I'm sure you'll remember and I hope they wait for you. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Amy, you folks in those warmer climates.. I'm envious. Yes, it's real.. hence the colour "robin's egg blue." Beautiful, isn't it? :)

• Yaya, it's been pretty rainy but the grass sure has been doing well because of it. I hope you're right about that bird too. I'm not sure. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• MPM, I'm keeping your Cupid in my best thoughts. I hope you'll find your sweetie very soon. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• MessyMimi, you're right about that. :)

• Thanks very much, Pauline. :)

Liz Mays said...

What a lovely portrait of spring you paint here!

Cloudia said...


Aloha from Waikiki

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Unknown said...

I love the new growth of spring.

Anonymous said...

beautiful series of shots..
first two i like the most

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Simple elegance. Lovely images.
Have a happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

That very first photograph looks as if it had been dipped in copper. And I love this quote you shared:
"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~ Terri Guillemets"

Maggie May said...

Lovely unfurling buds.
What a sad little blue egg though!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Bossy Betty said...


Fresh Garden said...

An awesome post with wonderful photos!
Absolutely fantastic!!

NightlySun said...

That's refreshing! Oh man, I love spring!!

Dawning Inspiration said...

How fun is that egg? That's just too cool for words!!!! ;o)

Friko said...

Spring does bring out the poet in everybody, including the photographer.


SandyCarlson said...

You definitely have spring.


christopher said...

Captured the essence of spring birth.


Glo said...

Beautiful spring images and the quotations you have chosen to accompany them are delightful! Spring has taken its own sweet time in getting here (and there!) but well worth waiting for!! Spring offers us the opportunity to start afresh :)

Kat said...

Yay spring! Finally! Just in time for summer. ;)
Beautiful pictures. I love that little sprouting branch coming out of the middle of the tree. And the first photo is lovely!

sage said...

I took a hike yesterday afternoon in a local preserve... I should post photos... beautiful shots of spring unfolding, Hilary.

photowannabe said...

Oh my, oh my!! Stunning shots Hilary. Breathtaking...that's all I have to say. (:0)

Hilary said...

• Blue Violet, thanks very much. :)

• Thank you, Cloudia. :)

• LWK, it's so nice to see it in full bloom. :)

•Thrviewfinder, thank you. Much appreciated. :)

• Laura, thanks kindly. And to you, too. :)

• KC, thanks so much. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Maggie May, thank you. I'm hoping that egg was hatched and not just damaged. Let's hope. :)

• Thanks, Betty. :)

• Welcome, Fresh Garden. And thanks for the kind words. :)

• Tame Lion, thanks. I love spring too.. and summer. :)

• SD, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Thanks kindly, Friko. Much appreciated. :)

• Sandy, we surely do. :)

• Christopher, thank you very much. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Glo, thank you. And I agree that it sure had taken its time but it's so wonderful now that it's here. If only it could last a bit longer than it does. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Kat, you might be having summer but we just started with spring.. though today was super warm. ;) Thanks very much for the always-kind words. :)

• Thank you, Sage. I'm looking forward to seeing your hiking pics. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Sue, thank you kindly. Much appreciated. :)

Anonymous said...

Robin eggs are simply the most perfect color of blue there is.


Cheryl Kohan said...

I don't know how you do it. Every photo is a work of art. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hilary said...

• Di, I'm inclined to agree with you. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you kindly, Cheryl. You made my day. :)