Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Warm Breath of Spring

pussywillows
Pussywillows,



cattails
cat-tails,



tulips
soft winds and roses



water
Rainbows in the woodland, water to my knees



pod
Shivering, quivering, the warm breath of spring

Pussywillows, cat-tails, soft winds and roses.

Lyrics by Gordon Lightfoot. Images by Mother Nature.

My blog-reading and commenting is still sporadic at best these days. I hope to catch up and get back to regular visits soon.

63 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I wish all of those things were covered in snow around here!

ladyfi said...

Hurray for the explosion of beauty that is spring!

Dawn said...

Yay!!! We are finally getting spring:))))))
Lovely lovely spring......

ladyfi said...

This post by Merry Mildred contains the most wonderful photography of dandelions! I'd like to suggest it for your POTW - Good Photography section. // Lady Fi

ladyfi said...

http://merrymildred.blogspot.com/2011/04/coucher-de-soleil-sur-champ-de.html

Oops - here's the link to the dandelion photos!

ADRIAN said...

A grand springy post. I particularly enjoyed the first and last images.

Technogran said...

Such wonderful spring photos! I adore spring, the colourful blossoms, the daffodils, its all so colourful

Anyes said...

Your viewfinder catches so well this slow Spring showing us it's true beauty, what a treat :-)

Sarah Knight said...

Lovely shots!
Our pussy willow has already sprouted, bloomed, and passed. Of course, right when the catkins were ripe it rained like hell... oh, weather.
; )

Birdie said...

OK, so that last picture is a milkweed pod? I have never seen one before. How beautiful! God makes some cool things. :-)

sage said...

Beautiful images of spring! You are such a talented photographer. Those cat-tails need a redwing blackbird perched on them.

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful set, I love the tulips and the branches with buds.

slommler said...

Beautiful!! Love the pussy willows and the tulips. Gorgeous!! Great shots Hillary!! Well done!
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

great pics hilary...love the cattails...we used to do great battle with them....

Tabor said...

Early spring up your way I see, I love the milkweed. I actually 'stole' some seeds on a recent hike, but forgot where I put them. I will probably find them in a coat pocket this winter.

DJan said...

Oh! I love these pictures, as always, but that last one is so... perfectly expressing the emergence of spring. Thank you.

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful.

Karen said...

I love those close-ups, amazing again, Hilary!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Even though it is storming outside,these pictures make it feel like spring.Thanks.

Out on the prairie said...

Very much like spring.

Maggie May said...

Loved the fence with the water behind it.
Also the bullrushes.
Looks like Spring is springing.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Jayne said...

Speechless! That last photo... I swear my jaw dropped. You do know how to capture nature at its best. We're all blessed to have you share your beautiful artwork. :)

ellen abbott said...

oh, you never fail to wow me or woo me with your images. especially that last one.

Mental P Mama said...

So lovely......

Sailor said...

Wow...They look just amazing. Perfect shots.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

You captured early spring perfectly. Enjoy, I know you've been waiting a while for spring!!!

Marinela Reka said...

Beautiful images!

Short Poems

Saz said...

its good to be back...find me here Hilary....


someone bought my domain..urgh!!

luv saz x

deb colarossi said...

ah.. so full of hope..
I hope you are well, Hilary. I've been pretty unplugged myself this past while.

Lisa RedWillow said...

How very very beautiful.. Natures finest for sure. I love the pussy willows. The creek and wow I want so back to get out. My nose is healing and maybe this week I can get out once again.
Hilary thanks for stopping.
Have a lovely rest of the day / night

yaya said...

Beautiful pics that just make me smile and be glad for the Spring that has finally sprung!

...louciao... said...

Lovely images, as usual! Can such loveliness ever be usual? I am particularly smitten with the last one's gorgeously contrasting textures of rough and soft. And thanks for the reminder of that great old Gord tune! Hadn't thought of it in years.

ben said...

Pics looks pretty ..Great work !!

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lime said...

images by mother nature, captured artfully by hilary. well done as always!

Susan in the Boonies said...

Absolutely lovely! Truly love the pussywillow, the lighting, and the feeling of spring these shots give me!

messymimi said...

Pussy willows are beautiful, but don't get them near me, i'm allergic. They make me quit breathing!

Juana Aragon said...

How do you do what you do? Every photo is MAGNIFICENT!!

Red said...

Great photos to go along with a great song!

Zuzana said...

My dear Hilary, what a beautiful post and set of photographs to return to...
Our spring has taken a giant leap forward and April almost became May, after record breaking heat and sun wave of the last 14 days. Here everything is already green and it feels like we are a month ahead.
Hope all is well at your end, it is good to be back;) Thank you for all your love and care, means a lot..
xoxo

Dave said...

Nice photos Hilary. Enjoy your time away from blogging - you deserve it! - Dave

Shrinky said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh, I love falling into your photographs. Enjoy your break, real life calls, eh?

Reb said...

Very lovely.

Linda said...

That pussywillow shot is stunning. Just in case Sully doesn't stop by, I'll say it for him: "You should publish your photos. People would pay to see them."

Cricket said...

I think I may have told you before my Nana was fond of milkweed and pussy willows? Also bittersweet... often to be found in her floral arrangements, which, later in life, were made to explicit instruction by me.

Yep, spring is springing here too. And, while you've provided your own background music, perhaps you might also listen to Andy Summers & Robert Fripp playing Girl On A Swing. I think there's something there, too.

Anvilcloud said...

Are you sure the roses aren't tulips? Just asking.

Daryl said...

The last shot looks like it might have been an extra in either Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Day of the Triffids ..

Glo said...

One of my most favorite pieces of music ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c6_lecPRsU

Exquisite photos to go with the delightful lyrics.

kcinnova said...

Hooray for spring!

Frank Baron said...

Well, that was a pleasant little soujourn through a warm, spring day. We haven't had enough of them this year. Thanks. :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Pussy willows and cat tails are a couple of the thing sI miss now that I live in So. California. I sued to love to fill vases with them when I lived in Ohio and New York so your photos really made me smile. Thanks,
xo jj

MaggieGem said...

Love that last shot... reminded me of the plant in "Little Shop of Horrors" :-)

SandyCarlson said...

Spring unfolds in her own provocative way! These are wonderful images.

Dianne said...

so up close and beautiful!!

Friko said...

Beautiful.
I am enjoying the soft wind of Spring little too thoroughly, we need RAIN! Huh?

Stacey Dawn said...

I think Spring really is HERE... at least I so hope it is!!

photowannabe said...

Spectacular shots, all of them! I am blown away by the last one. Outstanding!

LauraX said...

Magnificent magical earthly delights! Thank you for sharing all of this beauty through your unique lens!

Hilary said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words. I can't express how much I appreciate your visits and comments. I'm still kind of off-schedule when it comes to my blog visits and individual responses to your comments. Thank you for understanding.

Lady Fi, I will include that post as your recommendation in Wednesday's POTW. Thank you.

AC, yes.. they're tulips. I'm pleading poetic license.

Thanks for that song, Cricket.

And welcome to my new visitors. I'll pop by your blogs shortly.

:)

Barbara said...

Glad to see spring is coming your way! I've been sporadic on my reading, too. Must be the season!!

Country Girl said...

Love Gordon Lightfoot. And your spring images, my friend ~

Cloudia said...

Meow!





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TSannie said...

Beautiful images to go with the words of one of my favorite songs.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

spring sprung! at last!
thanks for these lovely shots, they are all beautiful, especially the last one. (my fave!)

betty