I’ve been looking through my pictures of flowers and I can’t wait until it’s spring! So far there have been a few warm days but it will be nice to have several days in a row of sunshine and warmer temperatures. I’ve also noticed that the birds are more active as they cheerfully sing in the morning. The first flowers are starting to come back, as well as the freshness of the new greenery. I’ve also started to notice displays of brightly colored planters outside of charming shops. Here are some pictures from a walk that I took when I visited the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee along with a nearby scenic town in North Carolina.
Everything is fresh again
A group of wildflowers
Early spring flowers
Spring will be especially welcome this year…
The flowers that I saw in Cornwall were really memorable. They were outside of train stations, hanging in baskets in front of shops and in gardens.
around a corner
take a walk in this garden…
this sounds good
at a train station
outside of a shop
I liked these dainty looking flowers growing from a wall.
This sign is interesting because I hadn’t thought about sitting on the planter.
There were flowers that adorned the walls and windows of buildings.
Why try to climb the stairs when you can simply admire this view?
I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of flowers this year and they are a welcome sight. It started in January when I was in Seattle. Although it was winter there were buckets of flowers at Pike Place Market. In late April I took a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in time to see some dainty wildflowers growing along the trail. Next I saw cheerful flowers in Barcelona followed by late spring blooms in Paris. And just recently I was in Maine. Even though flowers differ by season and climate they are always beautiful.
Pike Place Market in January
springtime in Gatlinburg
Great Smoky Mountains
May in Barcelona
Paris flower with a bee…
Maine in July
A colorful flower display in Maine:
After my trip I decided that July is a great time to visit Maine. While I was there it was hot during the day but in the evening a breeze from the ocean made it much cooler. Lots of people were at the beach and there was plenty of room for everyone’s chairs, blankets and umbrellas (at least before high tide). I heard people say that the water was slightly warmer than usual. During the afternoon when the sun was so bright I visited the local lighthouse and then went into town to shop and stay indoors for a while. Here are some of the places I saw.
at a souvenir shop
flowers on a deck
…near the ocean
An early bird at sunrise.
The start of a new day.
There are many cities in Tuscany that are famous for their art and architecture. Another way to admire the beauty of the region is to be outdoors and see places like this. I think this scene could be the subject of a painting.
More about this theme can be found here.
When I was in Paris I went to the Jardin des Tuileries early on a Sunday afternoon. There weren’t many people there and it was easy to find a place to sit. I could choose from a reclining chair or a bench. There were lovely views in all directions and it was very peaceful.
Some seating choices:
There may still be snow on the ground but spring will arrive next month. So although it is winter, warmer weather is on the way. Here are some pictures that I took of flowers, fruits and vegetables from Pike Place Market in Seattle when I visited there recently. It was wonderful to see these bright colors!
Summer flowers from Prince Edward Island, Canada - a peaceful scene…