Several of our long-awaited spring awakenings have finally come to brighten up the dreary browns of the late winter. As predicted, our temperature rose to the mid-70s today, and that’s apparently all that the daffodils were waiting for to unfold and reveal themselves.
As I walked around the house, I was surprised to see that three of our periwinkles have bloomed, and there are many buds in their neighboring plants, so soon there will be many.
Meanwhile, the crocuses have faded but the Siberian squill is in its full glory and appears determined to hang in there for as long as it can.
I have also heard the first white-throated sparrows, and the cardinals sing out their territorial songs almost without pause.
And one more harbinger—I saw the first butterfly today. Quite a day, indeed!
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Your beautiful shots, Gary, testify to the fact that spring is definitely here. This weekend the daffodils popped in our area too and I noted an expanse of them as I drove along the Potomac River on the Virginia side opposite Washington D.C. You saw a butterfly? I went looking for dragonflies on Monday, but again came up empty-handed.
Sure did–the butterfly was really an unexpected surprise! It didn’t come close enough for me to identify it at all, but hopefully it’ll hang around for a while and give me a chance. I thought I saw a small spider darting back into the depths of our rock wall the other day, but couldn’t be sure. I keep hoping for an offspring of the gorgeous Phidippus audax that lived there several years ago. Hope your beloved dragonflies appear for you soon!
Yayyyyyy!!!!! Send those warm temperatures our way please :).
I sure would if I could, Cindy. I know you’re as eager as we’ve been, but you’re a whole lot farther up there than we are. The real signs of spring’s arrival usually don’t appear around our cabin in northern Minnesota until 3-4 weeks after they do here. Hang in there–how much longer can it be?
The weather is definitely better than it was, so I’m going to be positive and say things are looking up :).
Gorgeous captures of springing to life. :)
Thanksa lot, Sylvia–I’ve often wondered what it would be like not to have extreme seasons. I think I could live without extreme winter, but I’d sure miss the magic of spring and hardwood fall. Still, I really understand the attraction…
Wow, Gary, we’re at nothing like 70 degrees yet – its still distinctly cold here! But I’ve seen butterflies and bumble bees, and there was a Phylloscopus (genus) warbler in our trees today. Love the bottom photo here – beautiful! Adrian
It was nearly 80 today, and I was outside in just a T-shirt for the first time (well, not just a T-shirt–I was wearing jeans and tennies too). Saw my second butterfly too a white cabbage, and heard white-throated sparrows. No bumblebees yet. Thanks for letting me know you like the cardinal silhouette–that was a nice, fleeting opportunity.
Your temperatures really do fluctuate, don’t they?! As Adrian says, we’ve had nothing like 70 degrees – more like low fifties. It is pretty wonderful seeing flowers spring up from the soil, and birds singing cheerily. Lovely set of images.
They surely have done. We’re supposed to have “severe” thunderstroms tonight, and if we do, the much-needed rain will help the slower-bloomers to make their move. Oh, how I love this time of year!
Beautiful signs of spring. We are having glorious autumn days with strong colours too.
I’ve really come to love your autumns too, Raewyn, especially in the high country of the northern South Island. Otago is lovely too–aah, what a wonderful country you have! I’m looking forward to many more visits in the foreseeable future.
Lovely shots, Gary. They quite eloquently shout SPRING is here.
The second reminds me of the old comic strip “Winnie Winkle” and her son, “Perry”.
Wow, is that ever a trip back in time! Activate the WayBack Machine, Sherman!