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Sights of spring

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Every year as we roll into the month of March, I find myself craving spring weather. I’m ready for flowers to bloom, bike rides, and grilled food. Around here, it is usually April before we really get spring. Sometimes we get a bit of a tease in March. But, use this year as an example, we had snowfall on April 18th.

First, it’s the daffodils that pop up all around the neighborhood. But, what I love even more is when our pear tree blooms. It is a beautiful sight to see right out in front of the house.

It may not smell pretty, but it is a great sight. Blooming right below the tree are some of my other favorites in the yard.

This is when I start to really feel like spring is here.  But then, we have a couple of windy, dreary days, and the blooms on the tree are all gone. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had some crazy weather around here. Last week we had 3 days at nearly 90 degrees. But, by the end of the week we were back to unseasonably cool temperatures in the low 50s. This isn’t all that uncommon. My daughter was born on May 11th 6 years ago, and it was a cloudy, rainy 45 degrees that day.

But, after several chilly days, especially the cloudy ones like today, I find myself once again longing for signs of spring. Guess the pictures will have to do.

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Nature’s Beauty

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Life has had me a bit down lately.  Too many gloomy days and too much on my mind…recipe for trouble.  I’ve been craving some good fall foliage for a while now and I finally got it.

Sunday was a beautiful day to be outside.  While it wasn’t the warmest day we had this week, it was the first break in the string of cold, dark, rainy days we’d been having.  I knew we couldn’t let this one slip away.  So, we headed out to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  I must say…the sprained ankle I came home with was a small price to pay for the joy that I got out of the sights that afternoon.

First, a stroll through the Waterfall Garden…

Waterfall Garden

What’s this?  Both kids willing to pose for a quick pic…nicely!  (I think this was motivated by sympathy for mommy’s “owie”.)

Kids @ the Garden

The stunning fall color I was dying to see!!

Stunning fall color

Fabulous Photography!

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I simply HAD to share this link for a recent post on a fabulous photography blog. These Dahlias are stunning!  I personally love Dahlias.  As you might have seen in my post earlier this week, I do have some Dahlias of my own.  But…they are not nearly as spectacular as the ones photographed by Patty Hankins.  (Nor are my photography skills anything like Patty’s.)