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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Spring is a welcome season.

Especially after the long hard winter months.

I found it difficult to make my entry unique

so am just going with the theme in general- green shoots, blossoms and leaves and the old apple tree’s flowers.

Baseball is Spring -

and love!

 

 

 

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Baseballs at the High School game.

 

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Apple blossoms on my tree in the backyard

red bud and new leaves

Full leaf trees and the red bud blooming.

green shoots

New shoots push up through the old leaves and dirt

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Outdoors without coats on deck in Ohio, after swinging on the swings.

 


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Two Red Trees and a Teal Fence Grid

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On My Way Home

 

 

fall colors

 

 

Steve was driving in quite a few of these and the others I pulled over. Can you tell which are shot with the Canon 5D and which are shot with the iPhone?

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The Trees Sue’s Dad Had the City Plant, 35 Years Ago

Yesterday Sue commented on the new tulip tree being planted in front of my house. She told how her father had the city plant trees up and down her street, thirty five years ago, and how they were a memorial to him. He was featured on the blog for a Veteran’s Day post- Martin H. Cooper.

Today I was driving by her street on my way home from the Waterfront. Took two cell shots of his trees. Thanks Sue for your good words on the blog.

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Flowering Pear Blossoms Fall Like Snowflakes

There were thunderstorms and heavy rains. then it cleared a bit.
As I pulled out of the school parking lot, a strong wind came up and the blossoms swirled and fell like snow.

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I Drove Home in a Snow Globe

and of course, returned to the park.  It’s just blocks from my house.  And the light was low, the visibility poor.  A stark and magnificent beauty in the midst of the storm.

What were the trees doing today?    One day winter, one day Spring, one day freezing and dark, one day a warm sun but a chill in the wind.  I wanted to see the branches  outlined in snow.  The dark branches highlighted with the new fallen snow.  Actually, falling snow.

I was rewarded with a stunning winter scene, just before dusk.

It had started to snow while I was at school. The sky heavy and gray.  Big big flakes.   Melting on the street as it was 38 degrees.  I drove home in a snow globe.

Oh yes, today I got out of the car, scared off a squirrel and photographed the snowy park bench and my favorite tree. The sounds muffled by the new snow, barely sticking to the road but highlighting the curved lines.

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these are unretouched color photographs

 

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Two roads diverged….

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Home to tea.  Homemade spaghetti and cheese,  steamed broccoli.  Leftover fortune cookie and a mandarin orange. Winter.

 


All the leaves are down and the sky is gray

I heard a loud machine sound out my bedroom window this morning. No school today. I shot this right through the screen and glass and need to pull the storm windows down. It was a vehicle with a strong leaf blower. Hmmmm. The tree muncher arrived later to chew up a few branches that fell on the park across the street.

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Pool Party Evening Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The setting sun and the lights coming up from the pool made an interesting contrast of color and light.  The photograph has limitations in illustrating the mood.

 

 

 


Turkey Vultures Wait for Breakfast in Hardy VA

At night I waited for the moonrise and the cloud cover was thick and the air cold. During the day we attempted the 4 kids-simultaneous-smiles for the Christmas card.  There were the miniature horses in the field next door, sunlight streaming through their visible breath and the late afternoon light on  the stunning flowering pears holding onto their golden and scarlet leaves, then releasing them when the wind blew.  But I went out in my robe and clogs in the mid-thirties to catch the flock of Turkey Vultures (I had been calling them buzzards until I looked them up) as they circled and waited in the trees. Fascinating- a bit repugnant at the same time.

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Trees Before Leaves

J drove me to this little park in Aspinwall, overlooking the Highland Park Bridge.  No dogs allowed so she waited in the car.  Shooting into the sun, the timing was off, so blocked the sun with a trunk.  Plan to  shoot the bridge from this vantage point a different day.

Before the trees sprout leaves, sunlight through the branches

Sunlight shines through the tree branches, impending Spring.


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