The colors of spring

Because winter seems to have brought more than its share of snow and cold, time with the camera has been eliminated from the daily (even weekly) schedule. We have been spending much of our time keeping the stoves stoked, the animals fed and watered, the lane plowed, and the walks cleared. And so it is that I have been at a loss for material to post. The other day, however, I remembered that there were a few rough posts in my drafts folder. I hope you enjoy these images from the spring of 2014 and take them as a promise of things to come. I wrote, last May, I have been out with the camera a few times and have taken, almost as after-thoughts, some pretty botanical images. Because I didn’t think any could work as a post in its own right, and because I didn’t want any these to be forgotten, I’ve put together a gallery for you. Enjoy, clockwise and from the upper left, the Iris, Poppy, Maple, Yellow Flag, and Poppy once again.

28 thoughts on “The colors of spring

  1. Nice pictures but I can’t help but think that the things you listed that occupy your time would make such great subject matter for pictures, especially the ones regarding firewood.

    • I thought about this comment today as I was doing my afternoon chores. I wondered how many would take a genuine interest in my routine here. I convinced myself that such a post might amount to a good deal of humblebragging (a term I learned from Elke today!). Unless you can convince me otherwise, I’ll stick to my usual fare. Or, are you trying to tell me something about my usual fare? I hadn’t thought about that until just now! D

      • Firewood in all stages – before its cut, while its cut, piled up, drying and of course burning. Wicked pictures. Likewise the things you see while just doing chores would be of great interest to me. I also loved it when you teased us with the creamer separator.

      • On another note I’ve been digitizing old VHS-C tapes from when my kids were very young. Perhaps that in part explains why I’ve not been writing. It’s such a treat to be able to go back in time. Maybe I should write a bit on it when it’s done.

        • Indeed. I did the same for a bunch of 8mm tapes AND some Super 8 movie FILM that had been archived in my mother’s basement. I was able to do the 8mm (magnetic) stuff myself but I had to send the film off to a place in Florida (if I remember correctly). They did a great job and what great films … real treasures. You’ve surely undertaken an important project.

  2. What a reprieve to see some color from nature! Can just imagine these images blow-up on a gallery wall. Such bold colors. You can see they were taken on sunny days. It actually warms me up. Glad you brought them out of the draft’s folder and into the light! 🙂

  3. Sheesh! You are way too hard on yourself, David. These all work fine individually and as a collage. All are well-composed and nicely lit. Had a great maintenance day yesterday with about 40°and strong sunshine that allowed me to clear the ice from the gutters and get the driveway fairly clear. 27° now, but dropping into the teens as the day goes by.

    • Thanks for the much needed pat on the back. Cold again today with a fierce wind. It’s supposed to drop to -7F tonight. Did I say I was getting a bit tired of this? Like you, I took the opportunity for some maintenance yesterday. We had some pretty nasty icicles form above the greenhouse skylights – not good. I got the ladder out. I was smart and covered the glass with pieces of plywood. Then (still from the ladder) I poked the ice with an 8′-2 x 4. The only thing that I didn’t count on was a 50 pound iceberg breaking away from the roof and sliding down the plywood and into my ladder! Did sort of a Funny-Home-Video thing and managed to deflect the offending ice while staying put on the ladder. The ice is gone but ‘I won’t do that again’ too soon!

      • Yikes! That’s what 10 foot poles are for. 🙂 Not much different from an 8 footer, I guess. I had a few chunks come sliding my way, but nothing quite that huge. I am glad it was just funny and not injurious. The one thing that worried me about falling…besides the sudden stop…was our clematis’ pyramid trellis that was right below me for part of the time. That would’ve hurt.

  4. These are just gorgeous. Even though we’re not so cold and snowy, we’ve had some serous gray and gloomy, and it’s just as nice to think about the spring beauty that’s on the way.

    • Hi Linda. I just made a quick visit to The Task at Hand and read your most recent post. We raise chickens and geese here at the farm and your description Courir de Mardi Gras put quite a different spin on the world of poultry! Thanks for checking in today and for your kind words of support. D

  5. Reading the title I figured you had an early spring. But then I remember the news stories about blizzards on the East Coast and the ‘polar vortex’. Anyway, I enjoyed these images and I hope you will soon have an option to take images of spring flowers. Which ones are first in PA? Snowdrops?

    • Yes indeed … Snowdrops will be among the first. Their first appearance is something that Joanna is already anticipating. Although we are at 37F now, the weather people are predicting a dramatic fall to near 5 (-15C) tonight. Cold. Joanna and I feel as though we’ve both got full-time jobs keeping the stoves full of wood. They burn through a load so quickly that we are having to wake in the small hours to refuel to be sure the units make it through the night! It’s getting very old. I’m really looking forward to the warmth of the coming spring. I hope you are well. D

      • Wow – I hope this extreme period is going to end soon! Good luck! Thanks – we had a mild winter and some Snowdrops already dared to show up. I wonder if they need the snow and the cold? So that we’d see more if it had really been very cold? There was hardly any snow here. The other spring flowers (tulips for example) had been less gorgeous than usual last year, after an equally mild winter.

    • Thanks Julie … as I write it is 37F (3C) but the weather people predict temperatures falling to 5F (-15C) tonight. Such dramatic changes are often accompanied by lots of wind … which I don’t like, for a number of reasons. We heat with wood and the drafts produced on a windy night cause the stoves to burn more quickly – which means that we have to wake in the small hours to refuel. It’s been a very long winter indeed. I suppose that will make spring that much more pleasant. Thanks for dropping by today. D

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