LONDON DAFFODILS.

The parks of London are just one of those things you have to see for yourself. (Central Park what?!) I wish I could see them transform through every season, but when I was visiting it was about this time of year and there were daffodils everywhere. Actually, they were all over the city. Because London’s spring weather can be cold and dreary, I like to think that the daffodils were planted as a way to cheer everyone up.

Happy little golden faces smiling up at you as you walk by.

PINK SNOW.

Soft pink petals that fall and gather like snow.

I can’t help but think of the Japanese who are still suffering after the March quake and tsunami. The cherry blossoms that surround the tidal basin in DC were a gift from the Japanese. The pink blossoms are so delicate, it’s hard to believe that mother nature could create such powerful destruction. It is never too late to give what you can. I used Google because they allow you to donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross (and in yen!). You can find the link here.

I LOVE SATURDAYS.

Photographs © I Love Saturdays.

So excited about a new find in the blog world! I Love Saturdays follows a photographer/illustrator/artist. I love her style, especially in these beautiful Paris photos. I mean come on, pink and Paris and wintertime. So pretty. Her illustrative/color additions to the photographs only accentuate their awesomeness. I’m hooked.

HHI.

Right now in DC, the weather is a chilly 40 something degrees with rain in the forecast for the next two days. Ick. What happened to spring? These photos of the beach from Hilton Head Island make me dread this weather even more. Christine and I managed to get down to the beach, whether by bike or car, every day of my trip. HHI has the flattest beaches I have ever seen, which makes them so great for riding bikes. In fact, the whole island is great for riding bikes with so many bike trails and lots of great scenery. An island full of bikes. And dogs. And old people. And beautiful, beautiful beaches.

WEST PALM BEACH.

This time last year, I hit the road with a good friend and we headed south in search of some sunshine after barely surviving the snowpocalypse of 2010.  West Palm Beach was the perfect remedy for a little spring fever. Okay, a lot of spring fever. I had never visited WPB (or Palm Beach) before, but I think I get the hype now. Especially in the cooler months when there is zero humidity. We spent our days admiring the most beautiful water I have ever seen in Florida, feasting on seafood, champange, and fresh squeezed orange juice, experiencing all that is polo, and hitting up CityPlace for a little spring shopping.

There hasn’t been nearly as much snow as last year, but I never seem to escape March without catching some sort of spring fever. So in one week I’ll be heading down to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to get a taste of the island life. Looking forward to picnics on the beach, bike rides and kayaking, and gorgeous sunsets. Also making a pit stop in Charleston, which I already have sweet, sweet memories from.

KATIE DAVIES.

Photographs © Katie Davies.

I have a few favorite photographers that I follow regularly and one of my absolute, without a doubt, all time favorites has to be Katie Davies. She is an Australian food photographer who really knows how to make me hungry. I think it is safe to say that food photography is most successful when it makes your mouth water, maybe even for something you don’t even like! Ms. Davies does just that. Her images are raw and real and each become their own work of art. This woman is pretty much my idol. Check out her complete portfolio here.