Echeveria

orange pink bloom on echeveria cactus

Echeveria

I took advantage of some beautiful morning light this morning to try to get a shot of the bloom on the Echeveria Cactus on my deck.  Although I’ve owned it for a couple of years, this is the first time it has ever bloomed for me, surprising me with these beautiful pink/orange flowers.

Pretty in Pink

Spring pink trees in bloom

Pretty in Pink

I am so enjoying the beauty of all of the colors this Spring.  These bright pink blossoms were especially eye catching set against the stark coldness of the tree branch.  I find it just a comforting and amazing reminder that every year, following the quiet dormancy of winter, and with the coming of Spring, all things are made new… and beautifully so.

Yellow Therapy

Yellow Therapy

After many days of dangling Spring just in front of us, Mother Nature has given us a weekend of nothing but cool, grey rain.  When deciding on an image to post tonight, this bright yellow bloom seemed to bring me hope that we will, indeed, see the sun again soon.

Orange Bloom

Orange Bloom

This shot was taken in the summertime in Vermont.  I don’t think I had ever seen a flower quite like this, and I still don’t know exactly what it was.  At the time, I was struck by how delicate the petals appear – almost like crepe paper, yet they had just withstood a windy downpour.  I am often impressed by the strength and determination of what looks to the eye to be fragile and frail.

Mississippi Magnolia

Mississippi Magnolia

The state flower of Mississippi since 1952, the magnolia is one of the most beautiful flowers you will ever see.  The blooms are large and fragrant, and may be white, pink, purple, green or yellow.  The magnolia tree is evergreen with large, simple waxy leaves that are a deep green on top, and brownish red underneath.  The beautiful magnolia will forever remind me of the beautiful and friendly people of Mississippi.