Last weekend we had some snow and since it’s December it seemed like a good time for it. After all, it’s almost Christmas. However, when the sun came out a few days later it warmed up and now the snow is gone. That one cold, snowy Saturday turned out to be a perfect time for staying home, writing Christmas cards and having a cup of hot chocolate! I’m also enjoying the displays and decorations I’ve seen this month that are so cheerful for the holidays. These pictures are of scenes that I’ve admired from past Decembers. Sometimes it’s nice to stop and simply enjoy the season, especially when a little winter weather comes your way.
Now that it’s March I know it will be spring soon. I was out for a walk at a park and when I saw all these hopeful signs of spring I know it won’t be long now.
About to bloom
Waiting for some birds!
Just a few more days and it will be spring!
I just got back from a weekend at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I spent most of Saturday at a public garden and did a lot of walking to see the flowers, fountains and sculptures. It was cloudy and even rained during the afternoon. This is one of the things you can’t control when you travel! I had an umbrella and was still able to get lots of pictures. There were so many impressive trees and I thought I’d share some of the pictures. One of the guides at the garden explained that many of the trees are over two hundred years old. They had a lot of character as well as a stately appearance. I also liked some of the smaller, younger trees because they were fresh and decorative.
Along a path
A tree with character
Behind the fence
These trees look dramatic in the rain.
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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!
Yesterday I drove to Charlottesville and I wanted to see if the leaves were starting to change colors. I had checked the weather forecast and saw that it predicted rain for the afternoon. Yet as I was driving it started to rain in the morning and it was generally gray and misty all day. But after I realized there wouldn’t be any sunshine I decided it could still be an interesting day. The scenery was actually more dramatic accompanied by the rain. I thought that it looked dreamy and it was fun to imagine where this path might lead. I’m sure it was a path to adventure!
I even found a tree that had pretty autumn leaves.
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Now that the weather has become so pleasant I’ve started to go on walks to see the colors of the fresh new leaves on the trees and shrubs. Here I stood near a pond that provided reflections of the trees in the water.
The colors are very noticeable when you see these reflections.
With the fresh air, sunshine and the gentle sound of the water it looks like a good time for a nap.
As I begin to get settled in my new area in Virginia I decided to drive to Charlottesville last weekend for a visit. With the mountain views, impressive architecture and the bright sunshine I don’t think I could have picked a better day to enjoy the spring. I’m looking forward to returning there later this year to see how it changes from season to season.
Bright blue sky
Mountains in the distance
Along a path in the mountains
This butterfly was moving constantly among the flowers.
This week’s theme from Where’s my backpack? about foliage was a challenge because I had lots of possibilities. But I decided on pictures I took during a boat ride on the Rhine River. It was late September and the leaves were starting to change colors. Here are some of the pictures (with lots of trees)!