Gratitude Spiral: Day 123

Today, I’m grateful for new leaves beginning to unfurl.

These are on a bush outside my front door. One more sign that spring is here. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 113

Today, I’m grateful for the first blossoms on the forsythia.

It catches me by surprise every year. And with snow in the forecast for today, it promises spring on the other side. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 109

Today, I’m grateful for the return of the red-winged blackbirds. They are a true sign of spring for me.

I wish I had a picture to share with you, but I don’t. You should check out Mike’s & Christy’s blog, nature has no boss.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 94

Today, I’m grateful for hints of spring on Leap Day.

It’s early in New England for overwintering bulbs to be sprouting. But they are. And this early sign of spring might mean that gardening season isn’t far behind. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?


Photo Project: Now That’s Green!

Another month of taking (almost) daily photos of the scene beyond my kitchen window has passed. To view the beginning of this project, click here or choose the “Kitchen Window” tab above.

The first of May looked exactly like the end of April. But by May 5th…can you see all the little green buds?!

And two days later, the green was multiplying. Compare May 7th and May 10th, below…

And THEN… I went on vacation for a week! You can read all about it in Biking, Birding, and Brews: A Vermont Vacation. Can you guess what I found when I returned home? A whole, heck of a lot of green…

And by the end of the month, it was so thick that the rising sun couldn’t peek through any more, causing a lot more shadows than I was expecting. Sadly, the maple tree on the left also started showing signs of the same worm-attack that practically defoliated my young apple trees while I was on vacation.

I don’t expect much of a change in the scene for a few months. Green is green. 🙂 But I’ll keep taking photos and post more of them sometime during the summer. In the meantime, enjoy the view!

Photo Project: Spring Greening…

As the temperatures in April crept above freezing, the view from my kitchen window began to take on the greenish hue of spring. Of course, first I got to watch the last remnants of snow shrivel into nothingness…

Then, the grass began its greening. The trees, on the other hand, almost looked like autumn, with their rusty reds and yellowy-greens…

On April 19th, I had just finished taking my daily series of photos and was about to close the window when I heard loud rustling in the woods. Four white-tailed deer entered stage-right (in other words, from the street on your left). I grabbed my camera (still attached vertically to my tri-pod!) to zoom in on them, but they eluded any good shot. If you blow up the April 19 scene, you’ll see a couple of them approaching…

By the end of April, the grass had regained its brilliance…

and the trees were budding!

Check out my previous posts in this photo project by clicking on the “Kitchen Window” tab above.