Monday, February 08, 2021

Spring Is Springing

The rains left for a few days and the sun shone on us like a warm bright gift of beauty. The buds and flowers peeked out and were met with so much inviting light.  Come, said the sun, enjoy me while you can. And so they did.



Even the wispy cloud formation agreed. It celebrated and joined the fun with a cloud tulip.
Ah Imbolc, the return of the sun. We so love you.



36 comments:

  1. Wonderful Robin. And we are on our way to autumn which is equally wonderful. I love winter.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- The season of equinox tend to be my favorites, most especially autumn.

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  2. There is no thought of the return of spring around here yet. It is 6 degrees F as I write this, though the temp is expected to double today, so there's that. I'm glad you had a day to get out.

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    1. Paul-- That's really cold and definitely go and play weather. We're back to gray days here, but oh the promise of spring is happening.

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  3. What are the pink blossoming small trees? I'm not proficient with tree identification, sadly.

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    1. Colette-- I just asked Roger and he said the trees are Cherry Plum trees. The bloom early in the season. We love seeing them.

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  4. Wow, so beautiful! Here in NJ, I think we are a loooong way from Spring.

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    1. Sharon-- It is so wonderful to see these hints of spring coming. It will get there soon!

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  5. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    When I look at these California spring photos, I feel as if I am like Rosemarie looking at photos of Jamaica, experiencing the beauty of a place that is always a part of me. My foundation of joy. There are signs of spring here, too, as well as a prediction of snow later this week. We don't get all that much snow here, and this year we've had even less than usual. Many predictions of snow but no snow. When I was growing up near the ocean in Northern California, winter didn't mean snow but it had its unique quality of light and color to distinguish it from fall, spring and summer. I just finished listening to an audio version of Wintering, the book Sabine recommended. Katherine May reminded me that the time is approaching to watch for the first American Robins and listen for their song. Of course, I remember Stick Robin! She writes at length about English Robins.

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    1. am-- Yes! No snow here, but that quality of light is really what it's all about. The seasons are marked by it. I love it. I can't tell you what it means to me to know you remember Stick Robin. Me too. I think of her. Thank you for that.

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  6. We've got lots of sun but it isn't doing any good. It certainly brightens things up to see the flowers.

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  7. Nice you have spring in Feb...I will have to wait several more months. Sigh. But keep on sharing blooming things!

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    1. Barbara-- It's going to keep on getting more flowery and warmer and springier. I'll keep sharing what I see!

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  8. It has been so long since we have had a pretty day, thank you for reminding us they do exist. Enjoy.

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    1. Patti-- It surprises me that you haven't had a pretty day there. I guess it's really been one helluva winter.

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  9. It's looking much more flowery there than here!

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    1. Steve-- More flowers everyday. It's so uplifting. Yours will be blooming soon!

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  10. The snow is still deep in the yard here and we may get a few more flakes this bitter cold afternoon. No flowers for us for a while yet! Thanks for sharing your, Robin Andrea!

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    1. Ellen-- It really has been quite a winter this year. I'm surprised by how much snow has fallen. Spring is coming, it really is!

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  11. Imbolc? What's with all the pagan name droppings anyway? It's like it's everywhere these days - ew gross!

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    1. Sue-- The reason I love the word imbolc is because it's the word for the time halfway between solstice and equinox. Why a word that describes the movement and light between earth and sun offends you is beyond my comprehension.

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  12. We seem to be heading back towards winter for the next few days, so it's nice to see some flowers. As far as I know February comes from "februa" which was a pagan feast too.

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    1. John-- Well, our gray skies returned today. But those buds out there will surely bloom. Thank you for letting me know about februa.

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  13. Spring! Colors of joy and rebirth. Lovely.

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  14. It was 64 here this afternoon and in the low 70's in Phoenix. Meantime, in Minot, North Dakota, where my brother lives and where I lived many, many years ago . . . it was 6 below zero!

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    1. Catalyst-- So nice and warm there in Arizona. Really cold at your brother's. I have blogging friends in Minnesota and Saskatchewan and they've reported temps at -40. Yikes!

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  15. Beautiful nothing like a bit of sun to brighten your day not like here with freezing temperatures, wind and snow flurries. Had to good news Xray OK and injection on Sat

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    1. Billy-- Well, we're in for another week of rain, but one more day of sunshine until it gets here. Yay! Glad your x-ray was okay and that you get your vaccine on Saturday. Roger gets his second dose on February 19th. I'm waiting to get my first.

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    2. You would be getting it if you lived here in the UK.

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    3. Billy-- My younger sister is getting it before I do, and that's because she living in a more populated part of California. Up here on the north coast, we're not getting as much the vaccine. Soon we will... so they say... soon we will.

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  16. How wonderful! We can only hope and wait here.

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    1. Sabine-- It will get there. That's a promise!

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  17. Beautiful flowers. Nothing at all springlike here. It's snowy & cold too. Just like winter should be!

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    1. Ally Bean-- Here on the north coast of California we're having our usual winter weather. Some days are sunshiny warm and beautiful, but for the most part it's gray and rainy and bleak.

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