Sunday, March 25, 2012

i heart macro: Spring at Last!

I had a photo or two  I took in the rain last Sunday I said I would include this week.  I think this was one of them.

The first pretty to show up was this pink tulip!

But this week I was out in the rain nearly every day shooting photographs of Spring in Kansas, so I'll just pick the best of the lot and include for this week's "i heart macro!"   

   Beginning to open this week!

Vinca grows wild among the rocks
along the front of the house.
Mostly green vines, but in the Spring
an added bonus of these purple flowers!

Yes, Spring showed itself in full form this week, but it did so in the midst of a week of showers.   Many of these photos were taken as it was just starting to sprinkle...
Others, well...

This little "weed" grows in our yard with the grass.  
The photo looks blurry for a reason...
Unlike some of our talented photographers
who can lean over rivers and snap photos of lizards
and other water creatures,
this little beauty of a weed
landed me and the camera
upside down in the mud!  :-)

With the rain coming down harder now, I headed to the side garden, which we refer to as the Japanese Garden.   

Very bizzare looking plant object.
Coming from a variety of miniature Japanese Maple 
we planted last year.

It looks pink now,
but this bush will be flaming red later!

Finally to the back yard, to snap a quick photo or two of the flowering plum tree in bloom.  But now the rain is really coming down!  It looks like only a drop or two in the photos, but I keep wiping the lens and I'm getting soaked!

#15:  "Bird Paradise"
Wouldn't this be the ultimate bird-bathing experience?!

I think with "Climate Change," we may need to revise our old saying, "April showers bring May flowers!"  But it's been very nice having an early Spring!

More signs of Spring popping up
Please take a look!

Thanks for stopping by!  


March Madness Sale continues this week!


EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Way to go in braving the rain for some wonderful shots! Love that bird bath!

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful shots! Oh the things we do to get a good shot, I hope you laughed when you fell into the mud, I would have. Enjoy the spring weather while it lasts.

Tracey Leeder said...

My favorite is the birdbath! You have a lot of beauty to capture and you did a great job of it.

Tanya said...

With all the rain we've had, I was also thinking that "April showers" might be a month off. :) I love your pictures and wish we had more things starting to bloom in our yard. The birdbath is wonderful.

Shel said...

What a lovely blend of colors in all these shots - perfect!! I love how the rain makes the colors seem more vivid.

Sharyl said...

Thanks to all of you for the kind words!

Therese, I was having such a good time, I actually did laugh! And I was a bit like a tipped over lady bug for a while. I was on a slope, which didn't help! Of course there were about 12 kids playing in the drive way across the street, but luckily they were too busy with basketball to notice me! :-)

Pixiloo, I know what you mean. Those yellow blooms on the forsythia bush are still few and far between, while our neighbor's across the street is in full bloom! Both are on the South side of our houses. Go figure.

Carol D. said...

Lovely shots! The picture of the plum tree in bloom is gorgeous and for some reason, the colors make me think vintage. Love the bird bath too!

Charlene said...

I'd take a bath if the birds won't. It looks lovely.

Sharyl said...

Ha! I was sort of thinking the same myself, Charlene!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Love the bird bath. I LOLed at the turned over ladybug imagery. Nice photos!

genie said...

That last shot is heavenly. I would like those petals in MY bath. My vinca is up but no color yet. You are a good bit ahead of us. Loved all of your flower macros. Beautiful photography. genie