Spring pastels

My earlier spring photographs have been bright and full of color.  But today’s photo is more of a pastel, with shades of blue and purple.  I was at the spring flower show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory today.  And just as cloudy and gray as the skies were outside, the flower show was full of colors – blues, pinks, reds, and greens.  It was a wonderful sight and yet the colors were almost too many and too much.  My eye was drawn to this lovely crocus that was stretching skyward and set off by the blue hydrangea behind it.  The subtlety of the colors was wonderful and the bit of orange that the crocus threw skyward was the perfect accent color.  The blues reminded me of the bluest of skies that we can get after a spring rain as well as the lovely blue lakes that grace the landscape here in Minnesota.  So I’m now adding pastels to my palette of colors of springtime.

Uncovered surprises

With rain and warmer temperatures, most of our snow cover has melted.  What surprised me was what has now been uncovered.  Not only have I spotted tulips courageously pushing their tips above the ground, but I also found a beautiful dried hydrangea bloom.  Somehow it survived the winter without being crushed by the weight of snow.  I woke one morning to see it being blown by the wind across the front lawn.  So strong, and yet so delicate, its blossoms are sheer with amazing intricacies.  When backlit the bloom shines with the warmth and strength of the sun, and reminds me of other surprises to come in the change from winter to spring.