Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring Is Branching Out

Although the official first day of Spring was three weeks ago here at Round The Bend it continues to branch out all over. After snow on Monday and Tuesday it is again warming up and the trees are budding out rather quickly. Today part of our lawn - the side on the warm side of the house - got mowed for the first time. As I sit with the sliding glass doors open I can feel a breeze that is neither warm nor too cold and carries the smell of new mown grass. I love the smell. Glancing out at the fresh cut lawn the green is vibrant where just last week only shoots of green were peeking through the dry brown landscape. My Bradford Pear tree still has blooms but my neighbor's tree that bloomed just a little sooner has lost most of its white blossoms and is leafing out quickly.


The finch are continuing to take all they can get from the feeders. They are beginning to lose most of their molten look and are becoming a more vibrant yellow. On drab days I can pick them out in the branches where they sit and patiently wait their turn to eat.

The Red Leafed Plum tree lost most of its blooms to the wind and snow earlier in the week. Soon a tree of lush red leaves will grace the front yard landscape.


The 'matchstick' buds of the Verbena are slowly bursting into bloom.


The Wisteria buds are beginning to get fuzzy - at least those in the sunshine. As a surveyed the branches I found a leaf somehow how gotten caught between the branches and formed this little hood over one of the stems and kept it warm all winter.
As I finish typing I can hear thunder rolling in the distance. Little warmer temperatures tomorrow and a little more ran and I bet I'll find spring branching out in other directions as well.


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20 comments:

Thom said...

I have to say you are such an awesome photographer. These should be published in some type of art book. It is truly amazing to me how quickly Spring starts to mature, and even with a little set back, it flourishes quickly. It is such a wonderful site to behold :)

2sweetnsaxy said...

It's great to see spring busting out all over. I love the smell of fresh mowed grass. Mmmmm...
:-)

Rose said...

I enjoyed this, Carletta. I am so glad spring is really starting to show its face.

ramblingwoods.com said...

We too had the snow for a couple of days and I am so happy that it is gone. You are way ahead of us if you were able to mow your lawn. Our is just getting green again. Thank you so much for sharing some of your spring for Nature Notes, I really enjoy these posts... Michelle

quilly said...

Great photos, but that first shot is especially beautiful.

fishing guy said...

Carletta: Beautiful captures of Spring, I'm waiting to turn the bend and get out of these 20's at night.

George said...

You got some beautiful pictures in your yard. I'm glad Spring is arriving at Round the Bend, and I look forward to many more gorgeous pictures.

Kelly said...

Your photos are gorgeous! I love your introduction into spring with such a wonderful variety of beauty!

Raven said...

Wonderful photos. I can't wait to see your pictures (and read your wonderful words) as Spring and Summer evolve and bring new growth.

Celeste said...

It is such a relief when the signs of spring finally start to appear and you have captured those early signs perfectly - great post.

Chriss said...

Gorgeous photos and beautiful post as always. Have a wonderful weekend.

Debbie said...

Beautiful Carletta...

I enjoy watching the finches wait in line to drink and bath at my creek. They hang out on a completely dead tree which I will never cut down!

Jew Wishes said...

These are beautiful, Carletta.

Each one so filled with mood, and spring beginnings.

Arija said...

The awakening of life is so well synchronized with Easter in your part of the world.

dot said...

Beautiful spring shots!! Goodbye ole man winter!

Carver said...

Happy Easter Carletta. Beautiful shot of spring in your neck of the woods!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful pictures, Carletta!
You are just a little behind me. But we get to enjoy it twice.
My wisteria got frost bit and I lost all my blooms. But they were beautiful while they lasted.

Janice Thomson said...

It's so wonderful spring has arrived. Loved looking at all your blooms. Such lovely photos you take Carletta!

Fun with Bo said...

Beautiful!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.