Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spring Photos

Since moving to our  new home and taking up blogging my interest in photography has increased significantly.  And with that interest the actual number of photographs.

Siberian squill emerging in May
So each year now I am trying to make it an annual winter chore to sort through the previous years photographs, deleting the extras that inevitably happen with digital photography (why take just one shot?  take ten!) and sorting through photos that I like but somehow didn't make it into the blog.

Each year I plant more squill bulbs in the lawn.  This past year I finally
started to notice the blue showing up at a distance
Not sure why this happens but each year I take photos that don't fit into my posts and this is the time to share them.  Like these red elderberry buds in spring.  They start off looking very pink but the flowers that emerge are white and fluffy as snow.


Bulbs were a major feature this past spring.  Tulips, hyacinths, and squill all made an appearance.

This emerging tulip reminded me of a dancer
peaking through the folds of a scarf
This coming year I have added daffodils, allium and more varieties of tulips to the ever growing list.

Spring photos of course always include apple blossoms.  Although we collected no apples at all this season due to drought I still got to enjoy the beauty of the blooms.  And each year I take more photos than I can possibly use.


They are awful pretty though.


Spring also means house cleaning after a long winter.  Windows are opened, rooms aired out and the wash is put out on the line to dry in the warm breeze.


26 comments:

  1. NIce! I too have extra photos that I don't know what to do with in a blog post. It's nice to see yours here. And I always love an apple blossom photo -- it's one of those flowers that just can't take a bad picture no matter what!

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    1. I agree about apple blossoms, I have such a hard time picking just a couple photos each year when I find them all irresistible.

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  2. Looking forward to those warm breezes. Your quilts look like a colorful garden hanging there in the sky. It is fun to sort through photos of the past season. I should do the same.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I loved the shot of the quilt. There's something homey about a handmade quilt hanging on the line.

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  3. I find it very difficult to "prune" those old photos, so I admire your resolution. (So far, my solution has been to buy a new computer with a larger hard drive :-() -Jean

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    1. Jean, I keep meaning to save them on DVD but that never seems to happen so at the very least editing them down helps somewhat.

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  4. I love going through the year's photos. What an excellent idea of posting them now. Your spring cleaning photo reminded me your area had some amazing weather in the past few days. Seemed the world was split between cold and warm weather north and south instead of east and west. Of course the ice crystals have made it to us this morning. It was nice while it lasted.

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    1. It's a good winter job to do and at this time of year there's no garden news to post so this works well for me. We're having the weirdest weather lately - melting like crazy, we had rain all day yesterday and fog like pea soup. but by Friday we're going down to -22c. That's some serious big jumps up and down the thermometer.

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  5. At first glance I thought with a gardeners envious heart that you had spring already.

    Lovely shots, oh I see another spam comment above mine, what's with those people.

    Jen

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    1. oh Jen, how I wish but it will be months before we see spring again here. The odd spammer gets through but I'm finding Blogger is doing a pretty good job sending them through to junk.

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  6. Thanks for sharing, I like these. They bring to mind that point in early spring when everything alive is so small and tender.

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    1. Makes you long for spring doesn't it? ;-)

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  7. ick, spam alert!

    Beautiful quilt! I keep those not blogged photos to use on non-garden posts, the techie ones that NEED some garden pictures. And there they are waiting to serve.

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    1. I always take more photos than I need it seems. Like you, sometimes I find a post that needs an extra boost, but still I seem to have too many.

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  8. even though we are having 2 to 4 degrees in the day .. making it a bit chilly on the coast .. spring is definitely in the air ..

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    1. Jane, how I miss those early west coast springs. I really like the definitive change of seasons here but viburnum blossoms in February can't be beat.

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  9. Lovely spring photos :-)
    I must admit, even though I take several thousand photos every year I never delete one single, not even bad ones! I simply save them to DVDs, in the folders they download from my camera (on the date taken), so I can easily find them if and when I need them. And I often do go back and use original photos for all sorts of things.
    I have burned almost 30 DVDs with original pictures so far since I got my first digital camera and stopped using film. I am so happy I started doing that straight away!

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    1. Good for you making the effort to put them on DVD. We've done that in the past but recently it seems we've been less than good about getting the job done. Editing is my compromise.

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  10. Marguerite I take lots of photos of my garden never intending to post them all on my blog, I like them as a reference for me on how the different parts of the garden look at different times of the year, I've made folders for areas of the garden so I can put photos of an area together instead of them all mixed up,

    I'm glad funnyface is starting to settle inside, I can imagine how worrying it can be especially when the weather is icy cold, Frances

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    1. I keep a lot of not so great shots too Frances. I think as the garden grows they'll make good reference shots. Probably the same for you with garden and house changing, it will be nice to look back in a few years time.

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  11. I'm impressed, I never seem to get around to clearing down my photos, that's the problem with a huge disk... Love that ballerina tulip photo!

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    1. Thanks Janet, I loved how the tulips unwrapped themselves, peaking through leaves.

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  12. Marguerite, Thanks for the much needed glimpse of spring. I've always loved photos of buds and foliage that are just about to pop but it is hard to beat those apple blossom photos. I know I'm always amazed when I look back at my photos that I seem to take some many of the same plants and not enough of others.

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    1. I wonder that too Debbie - there's plants that I think, how could I possibly not have taken a photo of that?! Going back through the photos tells me a lot about what I was focusing on.

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  13. Isn't it exciting to see your mass of blue from afar? I love it!! You have an artist eye, the tulip does look like a dancer, there is movement, graceful movement.

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    1. Janet, it was very exciting to be able to see those squill and I hope this coming spring looks even better. I've been planting a small amount each fall, I can't afford to do a huge plant all at once. But each year there's a few more and now I'm really starting to see the difference.

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