Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13/Nature Notes

Slow in coming this year, a few spring blooms are finally here
 I love this photo of this swan showing how agile it's neck is. Notice that the water is not frozen. But moving clockwise, last weekend we still had ice on a local reservoir in the town just south of East Gwillimbury. Note that the willows are growing yellower by the day and daffodils in sunny places on the south side of buildings) are forming buds.

Azaleas have buds since last autumn but they do seem to be swelling... but that may be my imagination living in hope.  Galanthus (snowdrops) are blooming as are purple crocus.



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22 comments:

Digital Flower Pictures said...

spring is coming and seems to move at her own pace. I love your purple crocus.

texwisgirl said...

beautiful swan neck, yes!

Small City Scenes said...

Spring is slow to come here too---not because of snow and ice but because of cold and that danged rain--Too much.
But it is showing up. MB

kaye said...

ahhh . . . beautiful bits of spring. thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

Signs of spring are such a welcome sight. Especially THIS year.

Elisa said...

Your notes on April have been GREAT!
Have a nice week

Rose said...

The neck of that swan is the first thing I noticed...it does not look real! And I did notice the water not frozen!

Rose said...

P.S. Do you wonder how long it will be till we are complaining about the heat, the humidity, etc?

Kerri said...

Super Spring Shots!

Kerri said...

Super Spring Shots!

Carver said...

Wonderful seeing signs of spring in your neck of the woods. The photographs of the swan are classics. Great post!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That almost makes my neck hurt,just looking at that Swan.

Arija said...

Your Galanthus are a joy to behold, I miss them so in Australia. The sap of our willows starts running in mid-winter and adds a wonderful splash of red and gold to the landscape in the darkest part of the year. Unfortunately they are considered an imported weed on riverbanks and in certain states are being eradicated. The excuse is that they erode the riverbank, yet from my observation they stabilise it. It is the eucalypts that are swept away by the floods not the willows.
I suppose scientists can be morons too.
Your crocus are a delight and soon you will be treated to the full force of spring.

Kathy said...

Oh, yes, the swan pic is extra special ~ it reminds me of a very graceful dancer.

George said...

The picture of the swan is absolutely amazing. I like your beautiful collage -- Spring is definitely coming.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love all the colours in your collage, and what a handsome swan!

Cezar and Léia said...

The swan is adorable!
I love your pictures!
Léia

Halcyon said...

Beautiful spring views!! Please tell me where I can find some of my own. :D

Barb said...

Beautiful pictures and I particularly love those delicate little crocus.

East Gwillambury sounds like a Welsh name. Love to hear how a Canadian town got such an interesting name:)

Rambling Woods said...

It is slow and as I watch it snow here... I am very much looking forward to the warm weather whenever that is...Michelle

Viola said...

Magnificent!! You are clever! :)

NicoleB said...

Spectacular photos, especially that swan. You are right, amazing how agile he is :D

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