Royal star magnolia. Magnolias are always the first to bloom.
From Easter weekend.
And before, all the pretty things.
Last year’s spring came early. This year it feels like it may be lost forever. But as of yesterday, it’s officially here. So let’s all give winter a friendly wave goodbye, reminisce one last time on the things that kept us cozy and warm, and turn our faces towards the sun to greet the season that means we made it.
And happiest of birthdays to these blue eyes, who have come to know the end of my camera lens more than most.
Picked up these beautiful cherry blossom festival stamps today at the post office. Just a friendly reminder of what’s to come. These last weeks of winter really test you, don’t they? And so a look back on last year, with thoughts of warm breezes and an undeniable perfume everywhere you turn.
Plus, more blossoms from 2011.
Sharing similar hues.
This pie means the seasons are changing. Hello warm weather and all that you bring with you!
This weather is too confusing. But then again, I’m not complaining.
Happy, almost, spring.
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.
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.