Thursday, May 09, 2013

Spring!

I'm always a little startled by the suddenness of Canadian spring. Last Wednesday, I was wearing socks and winter sweaters and two days after that, it was warm enough for bare feet, T-shirts and shorts. Not that I wear shorts, but a lot of other people were. 

Everything's a little extra sudden this year. I use the side street below my window as a measurement of how far along spring is. The hedge on the west side is the first thing in the neighbourhood to go green and means the official start of the season. The poplars on the side are the last to pop, marking the official full embrace of spring. This year, both are popping up the same time.

After such a long winter, it is nothing but joy to see green growing everywhere and flowers blooming. Naturally, I headed out with my new camera, looking forward to christening it with spring rather than winter pictures.

I started out on Sugar Beach when the willow trees were in that just-popped stage where they look like clouds of delicate green


and while I was there, I had to capture the two-toned water and the happy sails


a few days later, I went the other way, up to St. James Cathedral and found these beauties in the park


I have no idea what this is, but it looks like the flowers have mohawks


There's nothing like a spring sky


or a spring flower bed, for that matter




 

These look like cups of sunshine

 

I hung out by the fountain watching the birds and the water play


 

And then this guy summed up how we all feel. Spring is finally here!



   

4 comments:

Melissa Davenport said...

Lovely photos! You make Toronto seem like more than a big city.

Cathy said...

So beautiful. I always love seeing your work.

RAJ said...

Lene, thank you for posting your beautiful pictures. I am visual person and these just make my day! :)

Anonymous said...

The flowers with mohawks are Fritillaries, native to the Himalayan foothills.

http://fritillaries.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/fritillaria-imperialis-native.jpg

Thanks for the views of spring. Around here, the geese have hatched their goslings, which is my sign that spring is really here.
Sharon