Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring is on the Way... sort of

Photo - winter aconite
©2011 Stacy L. Rowan
This is my first year growing these early bloomers.
Seeing flowers growing in March makes me very happy!

Last week our snow finally melted. We've had a handful of days where the high temperatures were in the 40s. A few days it might have touched 50. And rumor has it that one day there was a record high of 67 degrees! I happened to be away on vacation that day though so I can't confirm the rumor.

Once the temperatures start becoming bearable I love to take a tour of my yard and look for green leaves poking their way through the dirt.

Photo - Leaves of mini daffodils
©Stacy L. Rowan

The monotone colors of winter are not very inspiring to me, but the new growth of Spring always gets the creative juices growing.

Of course where I live Spring is a fickle character. The day after the record high of 67, the temperatures dropped back to the mid 30s. Two days later it snowed.

Some years Spring can tease us for two months or more before arriving in all her glory. All the teasing is rather frustrating to me.

Photo - Snowdrops
©2011 Stacy L. Rowan
Also my first year growing these.
A kind friend gave me snowdrops and aconite from her garden last year.

I've been hearing stories of Spring arriving to stay in other locations and I had an idea of how you could help me bear my end of winter frustrations.

Email me* pictures of what Spring is doing in your corner of the world. I will share the pictures here for all of my readers to enjoy. I will also choose the picture that inspires me the most, do a small sketch of it and mail the sketch to the person who provided the photo.

That way I will have Spring on my blog, even if I don't have it in my neighborhood.

* The fine details:
Email pictures to my email address located on the right hand side of the blog. Please make sure you own the copyright to the photo you are sending. Also please resize the photo to be web ready before sending (72ppi, max dimension 500pixels).

Please provide a link to your blog or website, if you have one, so I can post it along with your photo. A blog or website is not required to participate. But if you have one I'd like to share some link love. :)

I realize that only half of the world is heading into Spring. Those of you living in the southern hemisphere can play along by sending photos of what Autumn is doing. I don't discriminate against any of the colorful seasons.

My current plan is to post photos once or twice a week. Thanks for playing along!


Jennifer Rose said...

thats a great idea :D will add some colour to this time of year and it will be neat to see what spring is doing in other places

Terry Hope said...

Actual spring-like refreshment of my spirit happened when I opened your blog and found your spring photos--I'm not exaggerating. I had been racing to finish my work at the computer and you have made me breath. Ah spring!

Kelly Medford said...

Ok, great. I can send some pictures from Rome. I'm thinking what can look specifically like spring, hmmm. Maybe the cherry trees in flower? I'll keep my camera with me when I'm out.

Mindful Drawing said...

It is Magnolia spring on my blog in Belgium. I follow the blooming process drawing by drawing.
Wishing all of you a happy springtime.

Stacy said...

Jennifer, one of the things I am most looking forward to is seeing when Spring comes to different locations around the world. I hope you plan to contribute. Maybe you can snap some pics while you are out walking Sky?

Terry, so glad you found my spring photos refreshing. Hopefully I will have more to share soon!

Kelly, can't wait to see your photos. Spring in Rome sounds wonderful to me!!

Paula, I love that you document spring in your drawings. That definitely must keep it from slipping by unnoticed.

Mary Jane said...

Hi Stacy
Great idea. A good excuse to take my camera out with me on the next doggy walk.

Stacy said...

Please do Mary Jane! I am wondering where Spring is hiding. Maybe you can find her when you are out walking Maggie. If you do, please send her my way. (Spring that is, not Maggie. Maggie would miss you too much if you sent her away. ;) )