As the days become longer and the sunshine warms the earth, I'm reminded of the beauty of my little place in the world. Daffodils are breaking the surface of the once frozen soil, and soon buds will be appearing on the trees and shrubs. My forsythia comes first, followed by lilacs and crab apple trees, all in their splendid glory. The rebirth of such beauty is overwhelming to my eyes...the time-out period of winter allowing all living things to re-energize.
Last summer, on my way to the Farmers' Market, I was stunned by the flowers and colors decorating the downtown area. I had my iPhone in my pocket so I began shooting the lovely scene. It was all so beautiful....I can hardly wait to see what this summer's plantings bring!
Here's what I photographed last year.
First, going from snow to white blossoms in my own yard.
|from snow covered tree........|
|.........to white blossomed tree|
|lilacs on my table from.......|
|the lilac tree on the side of my house|
|a glorious pink flowering crab tree|
|spectacular globes of color on every lamp post|
|Farmers' Market in the background under the green roof|
The photos above are all found in the downtown area. More flowers bloom all summer long by the curbs on the main streets throughout the city. Many people have window boxes filled with annuals such as geraniums (like in France), impatients, and petunias. Every year, art students create an original piece following the theme set by the city. Later on in the summer, these works of art are auctioned off to the highest bidder. It's fun to see what will be on display each year, the themes are sometimes very unusual! If you look closely, you can see a frog, a turtle, and another one I can't quite make out what it is.
Getting ready to plant soon,