Saturday at the Garden

Woke up this morning with the urge to wander through the Botanical Garden. Oh, what a lucky decision that was. This artist made my day. I wish you could see his painting. It’s a beauty. I’ve been to the Garden a million times, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it look quite this…

Whoa…

Well, spring is out doing itself this year. Lemme tell ya, if these photos were scratch and sniff, you’d totally leave a nose print on your screen.

More to Love

After a trip to a familiar garden on Wednesday, I was able to visit a new one today. Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Around every bend, there was something new to make me catch my breath.   It was right around this spot that I realized that part of my heart would be left behind here. “Rest here…

Happy Place

Had a chance to visit the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois, yesterday. I love this place. I’ve been here several times, but never in the spring. Every visit has been different; every visit has had something new to offer. The only season I’m missing is winter. And I’ll bet that’s beautiful, too.

Sunday in Spring

Whether it’s watching a caterpillar in the grass… …or sharing a blanket with a buddy… …or even waiting to make a debut… …there is something so magical about childhood in springtime. (Glimpses from a friend’s lovely baby shower.)

Unexpected

I know I’ve been blogging floral photos constantly lately — and I confess that I headed to the park this afternoon to take more. But then I became a little sidetracked. Check this guy out! He wasn’t crazy about me, but he indulged me for a few minutes. But then he decided he’d had enough…

Glimpses

This has been one of the most beautiful springs I can remember. Many flowers seem to be peaking this weekend. Sigh. Smile.

Wednesday Walk

Went for a long walk with Tanner this evening after work for no other reason than we could. It’s spring, it’s beautiful…why not. So I grabbed my camera just in case. Oh, the variety of colors, shapes, sizes and scents. Lest it appear that my only focus is flowers nowadays, may I present this. As we walked,…

New Friends and Flowers

Saturday hike with Tanner on a perfect spring day. I’ll take it. We met new friends. This is Sadie and Sophie Bassett. We found random fields of flowers… …some Bleeding Heart… …and the show-stopper: loads of lilacs just starting to bloom. We’ll have to go back when the bushes are at their peak. But today…

Why DO birds sing in the morning? (video)

This little fella greets my fellow office mates like this almost every morning. It’s the happiest, most uplifting thing. I just love him. When I saw this fun article (click here) explaining why birds sing in the morning, I immediately thought of him.  Happy First Day of Spring!!

Random

Morning… Evening… ….And everything in between. This little guy cracked me up. Totally reminded me of the Faces in Things blog. It’s a bathroom hook, but he looks scared to death. But it was a good day. I’m loving the extra daylight and warmer temperatures. I’m able to keep the windows open for the cats…

Distracted Runner, Sunday Edition

This morning brought sunshine and my long run for the week. While I enjoy them, long runs are tough for me — but not for the most obvious reasons. Ten and a half miles outdoors provides a lot of territory for observation and the risk for distraction is super high — especially for someone who dabbles…

Wandering…

…through the woods on a Wednesday. Little by little, green is peeking through.

Taking it Outside

Today, March made its exit in even more glorious fashion than it made its entrance. Oh my gosh, what a stunningly beautiful day. I decided to take advantage of this little gift by taking my 5k training outside to a local county park. I gotta tell ya, I was feeling pretty good about my progress…

And just like that…

Today this tiny tree decided that it was time to start its show. Yesterday, curtain was closed. Today, curtain’s up. It was as if the tree knew that the dreary, chilly backdrop of the day’s weather would magnify the miracle of its performance.

Out For a Walk

Flowers of different shades… …different stages of blooming… …as far as the eye can see… …and then some. (and some more!) A yard not too far from our house has a carpet of these lovely lavender blooms early every spring. Tonight I decided to take a walk and pay them a visit. Along the way…

So weird.

My rogue daffodils are back. I know I gripe about this every spring. Every year I dig the bulbs up, every year they grow back. I do not understand. The plants that I nurture, water, and care for…they die. The plants that I WANT to get rid of, they thrive. Although these suckers never bloom….