As I look out my window I can see a snowstorm in progress. Here is what it looks like from inside.
Although it looks attractive I can’t help but think about how nice it will be when it’s spring. And spring means cheery, colorful flowers. I am so fond of flowers that I thought I’d create a scene with lots of flowers and gardens to help get through the rest of the winter. It reminds me that it won’t be long before there are blue skies, warm sunshine and the beginning of a new season.
Flowers with bees!
Bright and cheerful
I’m looking forward to spring – the sooner the better!
I was in Florida last week and in addition to the warm weather and sunshine I saw lots of flowers still in bloom. This was a wonderful sight for December! Now that I’m back home where it is a bit colder I’m looking at these pictures and already looking forward to the spring.
A single flower…
Still in bloom
Seen through the leaves
…and one more cheerful flower.
I’m also looking forward to the holidays!
I’ve been in different parts of Virginia over the past few weeks and the change in the trees has been remarkable. When I was in Williamsburg at the beginning of the month there was a lot of color in the leaves and shrubs. A nursery at Colonial Williamsburg had rows of greenery and potted plants for sale. Last week I was in the mountains and saw the Natural Bridge. It was quite impressive even though the leaves were gone. Still, the trees can be dramatic even without leaves.
Williamsburg in early November:
Lots of color
Plants for sale
A few weeks later:
A path to…
Now is also a good time to look forward to all the upcoming holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!
Last Sunday afternoon I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to see the fall colors. I picked a good day for a visit because this is what I saw.
Autumn colors are everywhere.
First glimpse of colors
Rows of mountains…
From a walking trail
Sometimes it isn’t necessary to say too much about your subject. The scenery is simply perfect.
The morning of July 4 I drove to Washington D.C. to see the fireworks. I arrived around noon and my first stop was the Library of Congress for a walking tour. I admired the impressive walls, floors and ceilings.
Stained glass window
Look up and see this…
Next I walked to the Botanic Garden for a visit. The outdoor gardens were in full bloom and there were a number of displays inside. There was a thunderstorm late in the afternoon and it rained for more than an hour. I started to wonder if the rain would affect the evening’s fireworks, but when I checked the weather map on my phone I saw that after the storm went through there wouldn’t be any more rain.
Flowers in bloom
After the Botanic Garden closed for the day the next stop was the Air and Space Museum. There were a lot of people walking around and probably waiting for the weather to improve. Later when the museum closed it was time to look for a place to sit somewhere on the Mall for a good view of the fireworks. The evening went slowly…7:30…7:45…8:34. Then suddenly it was dark and the program began! There was lots of cheering for the impressive display of fireworks. While it was happening I didn’t want to miss anything but I managed to get this picture.
When it was over there was applause and cheering, and now I have these souvenir pictures along with my happy memories of July 4.
A drive to the mountains near where I live seemed like a good adventure over the weekend. After an hour of driving I started to see hills that soon turned into mountains. When I got off the highway there was an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The morning was getting more and more interesting! I decided to drive on it for a while and every couple of miles there was a lookout point. I stopped, got out of the car and took a good look at the mountains. It became breezy as the road ascended and I needed to wear a sweater as I looked out to see these panoramic views.
From a lookout spot
Since I also enjoy flowers I thought that these wildflowers were a charming part of the landscape. The events of this day produced some wonderful memories.
After spending a weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I can still remember the first view of the ocean and hearing the sound of the waves. Add a bright blue sky and a light breeze and it was just about perfect. As I walked toward the beach I saw seagulls, sand dunes and people walking their dogs. This was a great start to the weekend.
First view of the beach
Blue sky, blue water
There’s always a seagull
Time for a walk
But on Saturday the weather changed and it was gray and rainy most of the day. I didn’t mind because it gave the beach a dreamy appearance. I decided to spend time looking for seashells as souvenirs. I also went to a nearby public sculpture garden to see some beautiful flowers and scenery.
Rain is on the way
Seashells on the beach
Cloudy day at the beach
Late Saturday afternoon the rain stopped and it was time to enjoy another view of the sand, water and the sky.
This was a weekend of interesting contrasts.
When I was in Washington, D.C. a few months ago the Dome of the Capitol building was under renovation. There was a lot of scaffolding so I only took a few pictures. However when I saw this scene in the Reflecting Pool I thought it was much more interesting! Here is how it looked from the water.
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This past weekend I visited a park on a perfect spring day. I followed some tree-lined paths where I saw flowering dogwoods as well as fresh new leaves on the trees. There were lots of other people out walking as well as families enjoying picnics in shady areas. I even discovered a waterfall along the way. It was delightful to simply follow a trail and admire the sights.
Along the path…
Fresh green leaves
A tree in bloom
It’s really spring!
One of the most interesting places that I’ve spent time outdoors is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. When I was there it was a lovely day in May and warm enough not to need a jacket. Gatlinburg is a great place for walking and some of the things I remember seeing include a bridge, a bench, and flowers, both in a garden and in the mountains. Speaking of mountains I went on a gondola ride for a panoramic view of the area. This was a time when being outside was a wonderful experience and it also reminds me why I like spring so much!
For a better view…
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