May 1, 2013

Images of Spring

Monarch butterfly visiting my hanging verbena.
It's Spring, my favorite season, a time of renewal when the earth awakens from its winter slumber and is reborn with new energy. In the eternal life cycles of Mother Earth, spring is the dawn, the new day on the horizon, a time of fresh beginnings. For those of us living in climates with changing seasons, in spring we turn off the furnace, open doors and windows wide to let in the invigorating fresh air not yet heavy with the oppressive heat of summer, and become immersed in the sensory delights of the season.

The season of spring is awakened in my yard.


Hearing the distinctive "kee-aah" call of the Red-shouldered Hawk when I opened my patio door, I grabbed my camera and caught a shot of the hawk in the budding trees. Their breeding season is April to July, so I am betting this beautiful hawk is out and about looking for a mate...and a lunch date!

Red-shouldered Hawk (as seen from my patio).

Sitting outside sipping my morning coffee, I watched a colorful robin having fun in the birdbath.


Robin thoroughly enjoying the birdbath!

Handsome rabbit looking around my back yard (and not yet seen by my dogs lol!).


Two rabbits in my front yard. Well, we all know what can happen here...bunny love in the air! Soon they will be mating like....



Grey squirrel munching on berries from the cedar tree (photo taken from my window).



Praying mantis, beneficial insect for the garden and quite cool looking, too. This one was found on the screen door to my patio.



Charlotte skillfully catches dinner in her web (Orb Weaver Spider near my garden shed).


Monarch butterfly whispers to the yellow marigolds. Monarchs are such beautiful butterflies and I'm always delighted to spot them in my yard.



Orange marigolds greet the sun (there's a busy bee in the center pollinating the flowers).


Rows of geraniums and more marigolds waiting to be planted in my garden.


And the fragrant signs of spring in the air.


Lilac blossoms

Cherry blossoms


The spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Enjoy the season!


©2013 JerseyLil’s2Cents, all text and photos.

39 comments:

  1. Your yard is so alive with nature. I especially love the birds. It's snowing here as I type this. We have only experienced a few days of spring. :(

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristina! I especially love the birds too. Sorry to hear you still have snow out there. Hope spring reaches Wyoming real soon!

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  2. Those are terrific photos, Madilyn, especially the animal shots. How'd you get those birds, rabbits, squirrels, butterflies. and other critters to sit so still? Your flowers are gorgeous, too. We don't have lilacs down here, but I remember them from when I was a kid in Cincinnati. They always make me think of spring. Cherry blossoms are very abundant here right now, and there are lots of flower-based local festivals. It's cloudy and looking like rain in ATL today, so your images and impressions of spring really brightened my afternoon.

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    1. Thanks, Kris! I got the critters to sit still by threatening to let my dogs out if they didn’t lol! Actually it can take some time to get a good animal shot. That’s why I love digital photography. I can take a series of shots without wasting film. The hawk was a lucky break. Once the trees leaf out, it will be difficult to see them that clearly even when I hear them nearby. Lilacs only bloom in spring here and are so fragrant, cherry blossoms too. Happy to brighten your afternoon!

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  3. A beautiful time of year JL.
    (A beautiful day here as well as it happens, only it's autumn; & we don't have those gorgeous critters.)

    Stunning colours & great snaps.
    Cheers, ic

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    1. It is a beautiful time of year. Thanks, Ian! That’s right, it’s autumn where you are in Australia. Bet that’s a lovely season there too. So glad you enjoyed the colors and the photos. Cheers to you, too!

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  4. Those photos are fascinating. Beautiful colors. This is a very inspiring post, Jersey. I need to come back to it to savor it slowly. Take care and enjoy each minute of spring.

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    1. Thanks, Julia, I really appreciate that you found my photos fascinating. Nature is a fascinating inspiration and I love taking nature photos. Enjoy every minute of spring where you are too. Please come back as often as you like!

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  5. It is amazing how I can remember the Springs of my life more vividly. We are more used to the calls of koels (Indian cuckoo) heralding the onset the king of seasons.

    Those charming photographs of flowers, birds and others leave me in no doubt of Spring visiting your neighbourhood. Have a great time!

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    1. Uma, thank you for your kind comment on my photos. Now that you mention it, I can recall the springs of my life more vividly than any other season as well. That would be followed, for me, by summer, autumn, and winter last.

      I was curious about the call of the koels so I listened on YouTube. Very nice and a pretty bird; the male bird reminds me of crows and ravens we have in the U.S. (except for those crimson eyes). Interesting how male and female koels are two different colors. Have a great time in your season too!

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  6. the praying mantis is beautiful...

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    1. Hi Ana and thanks! Yes, the praying mantis is beautiful. One lands on my back screen every year, almost seems to be looking in!

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  7. Such beautiful images, you are quite the photographer Madilyn! Just what I needed on what was a bit of a sad day. Loved them all, but I have to admit Charlotte did give me the heebie jeebies...spiders (shudder). Enjoy your spring!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I’m happy my spring photos helped to cheer you up on a bit of a sad day. About Charlotte (I named her after the children’s story), she was such a pretty spider weaving her web and I found it fascinating that she was reeling in dinner as I watched and snapped her picture.

      Actually, spiders generally give me the heebie jeebies too! As long as spiders are outside, I am fine with them, but inside, yuck (especially those big wolf spiders)! Unless they are poisonous spiders, I often try to catch them in jars when I find them inside and release them outside. Enjoy your spring too!

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  8. Our verbena plants attract hummingbird hawk moths. And we're just starting to see peacock and red admirals now. Lovely pictures Lil.

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    1. Thanks Dale! My verbena plants attract hummingbirds in pretty colors, as well as various butterflies, but I don’t believe we have the hummingbird hawk moth here. Haven’t been able to catch those fast hummingbirds in photos yet. We don’t have peacocks and red admirals around here but they are lovely.

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  9. Wow, you truly have nature at your front door JerseyLil. Loved the photos especially seeing that little robin splashing around taking a bath :)
    Spring really is a beautiful time as everything is starting to come alive again and looks it's best. You also seem to have a really good selection of different plants too, so beautiful. Wish I had a garden, but maybe one day.
    What a lovely spring post for May and I know once Roscoe and Coco get out, the fun will be over for some of the wildlife, ha ha ha.

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    1. Hi RPD and thanks! Spring really is a beautiful time of year. I am partial to the robin splashing around the birdbath photo too. When I sit on the patio, I always hope to see birds visiting the birdbath (if they don’t see the dogs first!). Yes, the fun is over for the rabbits and squirrels when Roscoe and Coco spot ‘em lol!

      There is a large park nearby that runs from Washington DC to Maryland (Rock Creek Park) and that brings a lot of wildlife to the area. We also see deer, fox, chipmunks, possums, raccoons and groundhogs. I’ve heard we have coyotes around too but never saw one here, although I had seen coyotes years ago when I lived in California. I think there is more wildlife here than when I lived in New Jersey. I hope you do get a garden one day, Rum-Punch Drunk! My husband and I spent many years in apartments so when we finally got a house in 2002, the first thing I did was plant a garden!

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  10. Wow JerseyLil, you read my mind, just tonight I was thinking what a miracle. Spring sprung in the blink of an eye. Hawks are message carriers, he's trying to tell you something. I can't believe how beautiful your photos are. You're great with that camera. What a colorful post. You captured spring with your camera and words. I love this post and that the snow is gone.

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    1. Thanks CrazyMama! I was hoping you were having spring there in Wisconsin too (and the end of all that snow). When spring arrives, it does seem to appear suddenly. I’ve heard that hawks are message carriers too. It’s in some Native American tales. I always love seeing hawks and other birds. I tried to capture spring with my camera (and my words too, thank you for noticing that!). So glad you loved the photos. Happy Spring to you!

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  11. Loved all the photos, Madilyn, and the Longfellow quote. Spring has been doing a lot of laughing and shouting here this week. Seventy degrees, perfect blue skies, and breathtakingly beautiful trees blossoming everywhere Joy, joy, joy! I'm drinking in every single moment of it.

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    1. Thank you, Marty, and I knew you’d love the Longfellow quote! Yes, spring has been doing a lot of laughing and shouting here too. It’s really the best season of the year. The blossoming trees are breathtakingly beautiful, and I especially look forward to the lilacs every spring. I love your joyful expression of drinking in every single moment of it. Enjoy!

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  12. Superb photos!
    -Dhaston.

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    1. Thanks so much, Dhaston, glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  13. Lovely post, full of life! I have same question as Kris, how did you take all these photos? I tried to take some before, but they all turned out blurry. Maybe I need a better camera.
    I thought marigolds blossom in fall. I had some last year, they were gorgeous.

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    1. I forgot to mention, I was born in April, so spring is my favorite season too. I can see you have a wonderful yard. Enjoy gardening and spring:-)

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    2. Happy April Birthday, Yun, and thank you! :) Yes, I took all these photos. I received a new Cannon camera for my birthday in January and it takes nice, sharp pictures. Having a good camera makes all the difference. I know because I’ve had cameras in the past that just didn’t take good pictures and the camera could be the problem with your photos turning out blurry.

      Marigolds bloom from spring to fall here. I buy marigolds in flats and plant them in various places around the yard, and I use them as a border for my small vegetable garden. They are beautiful, easy to grow, and primarily pest resistant. Enjoy your spring, too!

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  14. This is my favourite time of year, too, Madilyn! It does my heart good to see that spring is on its way! We have had more late snow and it isn't here quite yet - but the changes have been significant, and I can look forward to some blooms and butterflies, too! :)

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    1. Thanks, Melody! Hope spring arrives where you are soon so you can enjoy the blooms and butterflies, too. :) Spring is definitely the best season of the year.

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  15. Spring is lovely, and you are right - especially for those who have been cooped up all winter. I love that the bugs aren't too bad in the spring. Your hope looks like a nature wonderland! What a nice way to enjoy coffee in the morning!

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    1. Thanks, Charlene! Spring is such a joy for those of us cooped up all winter. I love that the bugs aren’t bad in spring too, especially that those dreaded mosquitoes are not out yet! I positioned the bird bath so I could see it from my patio, I love watching the birds. :)

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  16. You won an award that could knock you out of your comfort zone, come by and see!

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    1. Thank you, and coming by your blog now!

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  17. I love this time of year too. And WOW what amazing moments you have managed to capture. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Alexandra! I bet spring is lovely there in Sweden, too. :) Spring and summer are my favorite times of the year for taking outdoor photos.

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  18. I looove the little animals/insects snapshots! The bird bath was soo cute! I would love to watch that! Happy Spring!

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    1. Hi Shaharoh and thank you! I love watching the birds in the bird bath and I’m pleased that my dogs don’t scare them away. :) So glad you stopped by my blog again. Happy Spring!

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  19. That was such a great depiction of Spring, JL, I had to stop half way through and take a Claritan! Nice post!

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    1. Thanks John! Oh yes, it's allergy season lol! :)

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