Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dreaming / Longing…….

Right about this time of year I get a longing for spring.I know,I know,there is still beauty around in winter and in a few days I will show you some of my recent finds,but I still wait for the that time when the landscape will again be filled with colour.
Now here is where being a photographer comes in handy.
I get to see colour,birds and flowers all year long.All I need to do is sit down in front of my computer and browse through the many spring and summer images I have.
Allow me share a few with you.I hope they brighten your day as they did mine.


Pray tell,what says spring better than the Lilac? I grew up on a yard which had a long row of Lilacs on the east side.In spring this hedge was covered with Lilac blossoms a little darker than these.
The fragrance on our yard was amazing.
This picture is of the Lilacs on my yard now,still pretty,but I would love to have the darker ones of my childhood.


Another yearly treat is the apple tree covered in these delicate and fragrant blooms.
I love the soft blush of pink on these flowers and buds.The flowers hold the promise of tasty apples later in the year.

Ahh,yes! The Dandelion.You most likely don't consider this a desired flower,but when a bouquet of these are presented in the grubby little hand of a child,they are priceless.
I have received so many Dandelion bouquets,first from my son,now from my granddaughter and throughout the years from the young children riding my bus.Each bouquet is a treasure,given with love and from the heart.Upon closer inspection,the Dandelion is a very pretty flower.Now if only someone would cultivate a Dandelion which doesn't spread,we might all want them in our gardens.


Let me just say here,I have some of the best friends.
Friends of mine moved to a new place,and as she was showing me around we came upon this plant.
This is a Fern Leaf Peony,a plant I have long wanted,but was not willing to pay the price.They are quite expensive.I expressed my delight in this plant and a few weeks later,my friend arrived at my house with none other but her plant,which she had dug up for me.I was blown away by her kindness.
Each flower does not last for very long and so I don't have a good picture of an open flower.I will need to do something about that this coming spring.


From the vibrance of the Peony bud to the gentle pink of a Moss Rose,or Portulaca.
I guess I had never really paid close attention to the individual flowers,but found that this one looked very much like  a small rose. I think the colour in this particular flower is about the sweetest I have seen.


I trust that your day has been brightened by these flowers and before we know it we can see them growing outside again.

Thought for Today:
Father in heaven,the world full of flora and fauna is full intentional design and purpose,constantly testifying that You,the all-wise,all-powerful God created them.

32 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhh---love these photos --and your thought for the day. I think seeing flowers this time of year means almost more than seeing them in Spring/Summer… LOVE them…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Thanks for the trip to a beautiful season. I am eager for some color, too.

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  3. Just what I needed. We're in the midst of January thaw. A warmish weekend meant lots of snow eating fog and heavy rains leaving mud and sand everywhere. Your colors transported me!

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  4. just beautiful. the lilacs and apple blossom really reminded me of 'home' (wisconsin).

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  5. Oh, how I enjoyed this post. When I was growing up, we had a lilac bush of the lighter color of lavender, so that's always been my favorite. That moss rose bloom is beautiful. That's another plant that I just find cheery, like pansies.

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  6. Beautiful flowers, Ruth! Lilacs remind me of when I was a little girl...we had a big bush in the yard and I would pick them and bring them in and put them in a vase....the aroma was heavenly I love dandelions too and have gotten up close and personal with them as well! There is much beauty in them...I agree!

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  7. You've inspired me to look through some of my Spring photos, but I doubt that I'll find anything prettier than what you've shared with us. I do know that I don't have such a great macro of a dandelion.

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  8. A burst of color so needed! it has gone from way below zero to mid thirties this week. Now we all think spring is around the corner....hmmm. I don't think so! Thanks for the pretty flowers today!

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  9. Simply lovely! We have a row of lilacs between us and our neighbor's backyard.

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  10. I do love moss rose and i can't wait to see that fern leaf peony open... what a wonderful friend you have... i enjoyed my visit to spring...

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  11. Believe it or not, Moss Rose is one of my husband's favorite flowers. His mom had them all over the yard where he grew up...so the memory of his mother is part of his love of the flower, I'm sure.

    That peony is really quite unique. I've not heard of it.

    Lilacs!!! I love 'em. And sadly they won't grow here. They need a freeze zone, and it doesn't freeze here. In fact the catalog nurseries won't even ship 'em here. Bah!!!

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  12. I too long for spring in January and your photos have definitely brightened my day. I can almost smell the lilacs as you described them.

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  13. One can almost smell that sweet spring time scent in the air from your photos!

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  14. Such a burst of Spring...I could almost smell the lilacs.

    The dandelions reminded me of one day in grade school. I was wearing a new dress that my mother had sown for me. The teacher told us to go out in the school yard and pick off all the dandelions so they wouldn't spread. Since I had a nice full skirt, I let my friends put the picked flowers in my skirt until we could take them someplace to dispose of them. Needless to say, my skirt was very stained from the dandelions when I got home. My poor mom was never able to get those stains out. All that work and I only wore the dress that one day....I don't recall her being mad at me though.

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  15. I love the scent and beauty of the lilacs. I really haven't seen a flower I didn't like! Loved all your photos, Ruth, they sure have made my morning brighter!

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  16. I so enjoyed your Thought for the Day. The fern leaf peony is a new one to me and I think it's so beautiful. What a sweet friend you have to give of her own garden. :)

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  17. I'm with you....towards the middle of January, I start thinking about Spring. Since we can't rush things, we just have to do the next best thing and that is to look at photos from previous Springs! I love the lilacs...so very pretty. Thanks for making my day a Spring kind of day...
    shug

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  18. Beautiful flowers, Ruth. And what a loving, kind and thoughtful person your friend is... and I'm certain she would say the same of you.

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  19. I've always liked dandelions and think a green lawn scattered with them is beautiful.
    What a nice friend you have. : )

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  20. Thank you for the lovely breath of spring, Ruth. I could almost smell each one as I looked at it. Diane

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  21. Thank you for the lovely breath of spring, Ruth. I could almost smell each one as I looked at it. Diane

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  22. Hi Ruth, Beautiful flowers and you are so right ... they just make it seem like Spring! My favorite here is the Moss Rose ... what a beauty! Thanks, as always, for sharing! John

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  23. Hi Ruth. Well it was lovely looking at all your spring flowers photos you have on your computer. It certainly brightens up a grey day. With you going on about wanting spring now, my post and last post yesterday unless blogger gets things fixed, was inspired by you. When I saw the quote I thought of you and I had taken the shot over the Christmas period so I married them, and hey presto!

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  24. Lovely reminders of what's coming, Ruth!

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  25. How fortunate you have such pretty flowers to enjoy. Nothing around here yet, but you can see signs of spring in the grass.

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  26. Ruth, thank you for bringing a little spring beauty into my life this afternoon. It is especially nice as I look out my window and see gray, dreary skies. These lovely spring shots brightened my mood. Oh, how I love lilacs! They too remind me of my childhood, as we had a large hedge of these alongside our house. What a fabulous friend your have who is willing to dig up her own stunning plant for you to enjoy. A most resplendent post!

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  27. Gorgeous photos of spring blooms! We do seem to be on the same page right about now.

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  28. You really made my day with your bright and colorful flowers. I think about this time of year we are just yearning for some spring flowers.....

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  29. I am definitely ready for Spring! These flowers are so lovely!!

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  30. Hi Ruth, Just stopping by again to say thanks for your comment on John's Island. You are so right about Old Faithful! John

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  31. The scent of summer fills the air.

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  32. Beautiful images, makes me long for spring as well!! Lilacs have been my favorite since childhood!!

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