Scenes from a Spring Paradise in Florida

Hope's front door

Hope’s front door

After hearing me moan and groan about our cold, wet, dreary weather, my sister Hope sent me a visual spring tonic.  It is hard to express how powerfully seeing these photos taken in her yard impacted me.  There is hope!  There is beauty!  There is glorious life just one state south of here… and it’s headed my way.  Really!  It is!  🙂

Bee on azalea

Bee on azalea

These photos are a treasured gift.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Bee on Japanese plum flower

Bee on Japanese plum flower

Sulfur butterfly and orange

Sulfur butterfly and orange

Another shot

Another shot

Here he (she?) poses on an azalea flower

Here he (she?) poses on an azalea flower

Mama cardinal.  Hope said she raised a little brood of one in a nest in the azalea bush.

Mama cardinal. Hope said she raised a little brood of one in a nest in the azalea bush.

Here's papa cardinal.

Here’s papa cardinal.

Another little visitor

Another little visitor

This is the baby cardinal that the mama raised in the azalea bush!

I think this is my all time favorite.  She sent this one to me a while back.

I think this is my all time favorite. She sent this one to me a while back.

There are 5 birds in this picture.  Can you spot them all?

There are 5 birds in this picture. Can you spot them all?

This one was taken a couple of months ago, while it was still winter.

This one was taken a couple of months ago, while it was still winter.

Horse hair on fence.  Her rainy days sure are prettier than mine!  :)

Horse hair on fence. Her rainy days sure are prettier than mine! 🙂

Pear blossom

Pear blossom

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21 Comments

  1. Jan Johnson

     /  March 19, 2013

    I had to really look to find five birds! These are just stunning…thanks for sharing! Jan from Oregon…

    • Hope had to tell me where the 5th one was. I originally didn’t see that there are two up top!

      So glad you enjoyed them!

  2. cozygirl

     /  March 19, 2013

    Ahhhhhh this COLD Midwestern lady just got all WARM and fuzzy inside :O) Such beauty and of all days, I really really needed that!

  3. Lovely photos and what a nice gesture. Thanks for sharing them.

    • It was the best pick-me-up she could have given me! And part of the fun was sharing them. 🙂

  4. SallyB

     /  March 20, 2013

    Thanks for sharing….your sister is soooo talented …… I love the photos……they are prize winning !!!!

  5. MarciaGB

     /  March 20, 2013

    It lifted my heart to see those beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s what they did for me, Marcia. Just bursting with sensitivity to nature, beauty and hope! 🙂

  6. Thank you for sharing these absolutely beautiful pictures

  7. Talent and creativity must run in your family. Wonderful pictures….my favorite is the horse hair!

    • Hope is so artistic. Her big talent in interior decor. She can turn any room — or house — into a show stopper — on a shoestring!

  8. Good lord! what beautiful beautiful pictures! love her yard! that’s how I want mine to look.. full of plants and flowers … I want to live in a butterfly garden..

  9. Have not seen little green in a long time. Heard she moved down the road to another feeder.

  10. Spring time is for sure on it’s way, get ready for the explosion. The leaves just popped out here, the truck and 5 er are turning yellow with pollen. It is a real cure for the winter cabin fever blues.

  11. Just got an email from my sister. She said to thank all of you for your kind comments on her photos! 🙂

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