Thursday, March 22, 2012

Welcome Back, Spring

Purple Haze
Although yesterday was the "official" first day of spring, it seems like it's been here for about three weeks now in New York City.  The temperatures have been balmy, leaves are starting to unfurl, and all sorts of flowers are making their appearance, bringing with them the hunter gatherers that spend their day flitting from flower to flower gathering the raw ingredients for honey.  Every morning, the birds seem to be singing a little louder -- celebrating the arrival of warmer weather no doubt.

Gathering Nectar
Although there is still a bare spot in the Conservatory Garden where my star magnolia once stood, the flowers are busting out all around and the tulips are growing ever bigger with each passing week.  I am always a little surprised by spring -- it seems to creep up on me when I least expect it, bringing with it the need to think about what to wear (coat or no coat) and thoughts of the hot summer days that are all too soon to follow.
Tulip Emerging

So welcome back, spring, into my little neck of the woods.  I like what you're bringing this year and am looking forward to getting to know you.  All over again.

Yellow Spring

Siberian Iris

Magnolia III
Glimpse of a Bud

Crocus Mix

Crocus Up Close

Magnolia Buds

Magnolia Transparent

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