April Showers

yellow spring flower

April Showers

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, our Spring this year, at least lately, has been very, very, very wet!  The silver lining of all of the dark and grey days is the rebirth of so many things that have been quietly asleep over the winter.  The new green of the trees and grass is so striking and, as the saying goes, April showers do, indeed, bring May flowers.

Whisper

new green spring growth against a blue sky

Whisper

Today’s post is dedicated to an amazing spirit, and my sister’s dear friend, Karen O’Briant.  Two days ago, after an all too short life on this earth, Karen overcame her long battle with cancer as she entered into the mystery and wonder of the resurrection.  Karen affected everyone who knew her by her faith, her strength, and her joy, and I found this quote fitting in remembrance of her.

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go.  Some people move our souls to dance.  They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.  Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.  They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same!”


Yellow

yellow spring tulip

Yellow

Another shot from the tulip outing the other day, this yellow beauty was another of my favorites.  It was in a very large grouping of all yellow tulips.  About the only thing I love more than a tulip is a large group of tulips all of the same color and reaching for the sky in unison.  Shot late in the afternoon, the yellow of these tulips was very striking as it brought some cheer to a somewhat dreary Spring day.

Pink Tulip

spring pink garden tulip

Pink Tulip

Several days ago, I went out in search of some nice shots of my favorite Spring flower – the tulip.  The colors of this one were so soft and beautiful.  Funny, I had taken a million (well, almost) shots, and this particular flower caught my eye after I had finished up and was on my way back to the car.  Without as much “technical thought” I just bent down and snapped the picture remembering the words of a photography mentor who said, “sometimes I’ll take a few hundred pictures to get just one or two shots that I like.”  In this case, I’m glad I kept shooting.

Daffoldil

orange and white daffodil spring flower

Daffodil

I am loving this Spring and all of the lively colors it has brought.  Having spent much of my life in places that either don’t really have Spring, or where Spring lasts only a day or two, I find Springtime in Virginia to be so nice and long.  It seems that every day another beautiful color shows itself.  I’m loving it!

 

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.

Serenity

Covered Bridge

Serenity

Yesterday, was near Spring weather perfection in the New River Valley.  By mid afternoon, I had worked, worked out, and been at the computer for hours.  Thankfully, I finally hit a point where I hopped in the car to go shoot some pictures.  We are very lucky here in southwest Virginia, to have several historic covered bridges dotting the countryside.  This one, Link’s Farm Covered Bridge, is located in Giles County.  It was built in 1912, and its 49′ length spans Sinking Creek.  As with so many landscapes and structures here in Virginia, this bridge evokes a different sentiment with each and every season.  On this particular Spring day, I found myself very aware of the serenity of the setting.  The scenery, along with the sound of the babbling creek, was refreshing to the soul.