First flame—finally!

I’ve been reporting on the new flowers as they appear, and apart from the brilliant yellow daffodils, their colors have been rather consistently subtle and subdued.  But yesterday things advanced to a new level as the first of our flaming tulips decided it was time to display.  By mid-morning it had just begun to unfold, and as the day grew warmer it opened completely, so that by late afternoon it was happily bobbing and bowing around in the breeze, as if to acknowledge a round of hearty applause.  Welcome!

Tulip 9387Tulip 9419

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15 Responses to First flame—finally!

  1. Angeline M says:

    That is a most gorgeous color!

  2. Mike Powell says:

    Gorgeous shots, Gary. Does that mean the snow is all gone for you?

    • krikitarts says:

      Yup, the snow is gone, but we’ll see about the cold weather. It got up to 84 today, but it’s supposed to drop back down into the mid-40s by the end of the week. Thanks, Mike!

  3. Ahhhh, these photos do convey hope don’t they? Hope that Spring is finally here!! The weather was beautiful here today too, and we actually got everything set up on our decks and some yard work done. Then I sat outside with a great book. I am so looking forward to more days like this :).

  4. Your first real spring photo for this year is truly amazing.

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Very beautiful images, Gary – I very much like the colours and textures! The weather is a little different here now – we are due for a few days of (rather) warmer days but still near freezing nights, with frost a possibility – I’m glad I’m not a gardener! Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      Our freezing is not over yet either, if it helps you to feel a little better. We’re supposed to have at least two nights of about -5C later this week. I’m glad I’m not a tender spring bud!

  6. Meanderer says:

    I’m so pleased you have been greeted by such pretty colours! What a lovely shade of orangey-apricot!

    • krikitarts says:

      Isn’t that an outrageous color? These are direct descendants of some that grew in CD’s mother’s garden more than ten years ago. We are just delighted to see them reappear each year!

  7. Finn says:

    Springtime! Everything comes to he who waits.

    Lovely colours Gary and I really like the grainy background in the first picture, it gives it a real tactile quality.

    • krikitarts says:

      I used to do a lot of dedicated black & white photography, and I was always drawn to large-grain films for just this quality, and modern tools are very useful to recreate many of the effects that we remember so fondly. One thing that they can’t do, however, is to re-invoke the magical acrid fragrance of the acid stop bath. I still miss that!

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