Spring is here

With a delightful flourish spring is here!  The past week has been a roller coaster of temperatures, from 39 degrees to 88 degrees, from sun to rain, from thunderstorms and peach-colored skies to clouds of gray.  You name it, we’ve had it, including reports of snow flurries mixed in with the rain of yesterday.  All this moisture with intervals of heat and sun have caused the trees to leaf out, tulips to bloom, lilacs to blossom.  Such a great amount of activity packed into a short time-frame.  When I lived in the Pacific Northwest spring lasted from February through June — probably the longest season of the year.  Now that I’m in Minnesota our spring seems to be anywhere from two weeks to a month long.  We linger in winter, jump through spring and straight into summer.  Our spring days are presently filled with the sounds of birds chirping and lawn mowers being started.  Neighbors are getting reacquainted after the cold winter.   People are walking, running, biking – anything to be outside.  Our backyard has become filled with color — green leaves and grass, yellow and red tulips, and the deep burgundy of the new peony shoots.  It’s a joy to be outside to take it all in.

5 thoughts on “Spring is here

  1. Beth May 16, 2011 / 6:53 am

    Yes! Bring on the beautiful colors of spring!

  2. joani May 16, 2011 / 10:02 am

    Excellent DOF. I think I see your neighbors roof line in the window. What will grow on your arbor? Yellow chairs, nice compliment. Did you head out to opening of fishing?

    • lindastaatsphoto May 19, 2011 / 1:32 pm

      Yes, you picked up on the details in this photo. Missed the fishing opener this year. The weather was less than ideal with cold weather, winds, and rain. But not to worry, I will be out there soon (and hopefully the fish will be too).

  3. Joan May 16, 2011 / 2:15 pm

    88 degrees?! We are topping out at 58.
    I think your recollections of Spring in the PNW are a bit romanticized from being away so long. Feb=Spring??

    • lindastaatsphoto May 19, 2011 / 1:30 pm

      Yes, you are probably right. I guess I was equating spring with flowers and color. We are certainly still under a blanket of white in February and much of March so color of any other sort equates to spring in my book!

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