Wow, what a stunner of a day!
After reading the paper this morning, we went outside. (I have several flower pictures for you!) We picked up lots of winter debris in the yard, and Ken started tidying up the far pond while I scooped the leaves out of the small one. He kept at it much longer than I did, because after scooping the pond, my hand and wrist were done for. (Years of pipetting have taken their toll.) My hand trembled when I tried to pick up anything! Now that I'm no longer pipetting, I hope I'll get my wrist strength back. When I got inside, I took care of the cobwebs in preparation for dusting, but realized it was much too nice to be inside dusting, so I went and sat outside and soaked up a little sun. Ken finished up and joined me, and we both spent some time manufacturing a little Vitamin D. It was so beautiful and sunny, about 75° with a slight breeze, and believe me, after a long winter, there is nothing like that first time on the deck in the sun. I just soak it up like a sponge. I hope everyone had a day as gorgeous as ours!
Are you ready for some flower pictures? Things are really starting to pop now, so I wanted to get a few. They're probably kind of boring, but they really cheer me up and make me think of the coming summer days.
We've got daffodils galore! I took this one with a setting that mutes the background but makes the yellow and green stand out a bit. I don't like it that their heads are down, but I can't do much about that!
Another daffodil. I had to get down on his level to try to get his face. I like how you can see the still-bare trees in the background, but the daffodil looks nice and sunny in the foreground.
I was pleasantly surprised by how this white hyacinth turned out. I thought that since it was white, it would be Dullsville, but the white was so pure, and it almost looked creamy. They smell so good, too, especially when you're right up next to them!
Here's a blue hyacinth. He was kind of in the shadows, and I love this blue color--not quite a Maxfield Parrish blue, but definitely a periwinkle blue.
I forget what these little guys are called, but they're early birds, popping up right after the crocuses. Again, there's that blue color that I love. They're very delicate, so they don't last long.
I think this is some type of tiny windflower, another early one. The ones I have are shades of pink and blue.
Finally, here's a blue windflower, and once again, it's that shade that I love so much.
I had fun taking all of these. Our neighbor across the street is a sort of rural kind of guy, and when he saw me out there crouching down with my camera, he asked, "You taking pictures of flowers?" I would have to say his tone was a bit incredulous, almost like "Don't you have anything better to do?" Ha ha! I think he already thinks I'm kind of weird, but he's an okay guy and has told us lots about our property--he's the one who told us where to find the bed frame out in the woods where a log cabin once stood.
If you give me a few minutes, I think I'll put these up in a public gallery--that way if you want a better look, you can see the full picture instead of these small ones.
A few minutes later
Okay, if you click on My Pictures in my favorite sites area, you can see all of these flower pictures. I also forgot to include one of my favorites from today, the forsythia. I like how the sun is behind these.
Tags: Spring flowers