We Found Spring!

Bee on redbud tree blossoms

Bee on redbud tree blossoms

When we got to Coleman Lake on Sunday, it was windy and chilly.  But Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were the kind of days that spring dreams are made of —  golden sunshine, blue skies, white puffy clouds, and temperatures in the 70’s.

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Bluets, I think.

I had almost  forgotten the wonder of sunshine on my shoulders radiating warmth down into my bones.  And soft, balmy breezes that felt like caresses against my winter-weary skin.  And the whole world seemingly bursting with new buds and shoots and blossoms.

 

We’re home now, and the rain and dreary weather are back.  But those four beautiful days will live in our memories for a long time.

purple violet

Violet

 

I’ll wait till tomorrow to post camping photos.  Today I want to share spring flower photos with all of you up North who are despairing that spring will ever arrive.

Another kind of violet.  The flower looks like a birdsfoot violet, but the leaves are wrong.

Another kind of violet. The flower looks like a birdsfoot violet, but the leaves are wrong.

Yellow violets

Yellow violets

Light blue/white violets

Light blue/white violets

I'm not sure what these are.  They reminded me of the song, "White coral bells upon a slender stalk....."

I’m not sure what these are. They reminded me of the song, “White coral bells upon a slender stalk…..”

Wild ginger flowers.  These grow on the ground and are pollinated by crawling insects.  You usually have to move back leaf litter to find them.

Wild ginger flowers. These grow on the ground and are pollinated by crawling insects. You usually have to move back leaf litter to find them.

We saw this flowering tree when we drove into Tallapoosa for groceries.

We saw this flowering tree when we drove into Tallapoosa for groceries.

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And a flower of the animal kingdom. 🙂

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18 Comments

  1. Wild ginger flowers . . . very interesting looking. (Bad phrasing, but pretty flower.)

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

  2. I’m so glad you found a break in the weather! The flowers are so pretty.

    • I am surprised at how desperate I was for warm weather and flowers. I think I want to move back home to Florida! 🙂

  3. EmilyO

     /  April 4, 2014

    Amazing what Spring does to our spirits.

  4. Ahhhhh, spring is wonderful, even to someone who hasn’t suffered much thru winter. Great photos.

    • I remember how much I enjoyed flowers when I lived in Florida. They delight the soul, even if you haven’t suffered a horrible winter. But they are doubly appreciated when you have. 🙂

  5. Bonnie Borgeson

     /  April 4, 2014

    Ohhh now that felt nice looking at your pics. I like that ground flower, never saw one like that. Thanks for sharing and bringing a bit of spring to Northern Il.

    • I was thinking of you when I posted the flower photos before the rest of the camping photos. Glad you enjoyed them. Hope yours show up before too awfully long! 🙂

  6. Yes, it was about time Mother Nature gave us a little reassurance that Spring was here. The warm balmy breezes reminded me of how I love this time of yea!
    Your yellow violet appears to be the halberd-leaf violet and that kind of looks like vetch, the white blossom right below the yellow violet.
    Enjoyed your flowers and now looking forward to seeing the camp shots!

    • Thank you, Lynne! I saw a lot of the odd-shaped, pointed leaves and had no idea what they were until I found some of them blooming. Yellow violets are not common where I live and I didn’t know their name. And I wasn’t familiar with the little white pea-looking flowers and was too lazy to look them up! 🙂

  7. I just knew you’d be able to share some simple joys of Spring! Just beautiful Sharon!!

    • I am so blessed that the little details of nature bring me more joy than anything else in my life. I am so glad they delight you, too!

  8. Marcia GB in MA

     /  April 4, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your taste of Spring with us!

  9. Marsha

     /  April 5, 2014

    Thank you thinking of those of us in the north and sharing Spring.

    Here in Michigan we still have some snow on the ground in areas where the snowblower piled it up and on the north sides of the house and shed, but I can see what I think might be shoots from tulip bulbs I planted around one of the trees in our front yard. And the birds are starting to sing their happy little Spring songs.

    “I had almost forgotten the wonder of sunshine on my shoulders radiating warmth down into my bones. And soft, balmy breezes that felt like caresses against my winter-weary skin.” I love this part of your post – I can almost imagine the warmth of the sun and the fresh spring breezes.

    Also looking forward to your camping photos. Our Casita is still in the back, covered for the winter, but beckoning us to start getting ready for the season ahead.

    • Marsha, so glad you enjoyed the post. What a thrill to see the first little tulip shoots! And those happy little spring bird songs are music for the soul!

      Hopefully your little snow-covered Casita will take you away to beautiful, sun kissed vacations soon! 🙂

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