Observing Spring

Observing Spring

“A world of grief and pain
Flowers bloom
Even then”
― Kobayashi Issa

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to photograph.  There is so much color and beauty to be found during the spring.  In a typical spring, I will spend much of my time driving to gardens and other locations in

It’s All a Blur

It’s All a Blur

“The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Many things are unrecognizable today.  My job as a first grade teacher has completely changed in location and delivery.  I have spent more time at home in the past month than I have in years!  As I work to make sense of this new normal,

Spring in Charleston

Spring in Charleston

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
― Hal Borland

Each spring I enjoy spending time in Charleston, South Carolina.  Typically, I will spend several consecutive weekends photographing the beauty of spring in Charleston.

This has not been a typical spring.  While I was unable to make multiple trips to my favorite spring destination,

Cherry Blossoms in DC

Cherry Blossoms in DC

“Look at the cherry blossoms!
Their color and scent fall with them,
Are gone forever,
Yet mindless
The spring comes again.”
― Ikkyu

 

I was in my forties the first time I went to Washington, DC.  I remember vividly how amazed I was to finally see, in person, all of the things I had seen throughout my life on television.  During one of my visits to DC, I was able to be there while the cherry blossoms were blooming.  About a month ago, I mentioned to my husband that I would like to see the cherry blossoms bloom again in my lifetime.

To my delight, further investigation showed

Almost Spring

Almost Spring

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ”

-Ruth Stout

Although the calendar does not show that it is spring, signs of spring are all bursting forth where I live in the Carolinas.  Daffodils are breaking through the surface of the soil, pink blossoms are covering the trees, and 

A Magical Snow

A Magical Snow

“When snow melts, what does it become?’
It becomes water, of course’
Wrong! It becomes spring!”
― Natsuki Takaya

This is the last week of winter.  I was really disappointed that I did not get the opportunity to photograph a pretty snow event this winter.  Before Sunday, we only had one winter weather event, earlier this season.  It was not pretty precipitation.  It kept me indoors for awhile, but did not amount to any great photography.

Sunday my area received a magical snow.  I call it magical

Gibbs Garden in Spring

Gibbs Garden in Spring

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

Spring is an amazing time for photographers.  There are beautiful changes everywhere just waiting to be captured.  There are places that are high on my list to photograph each spring.  One of these places is Gibbs Garden.  In the spring, there are more than twenty million daffodils blooming in the garden.  Two years ago, I took in this magnificent sight for the first time.  Last spring, although I visited the garden in the spring, I missed the peak of the daffodils and just caught the tail end of the bloom.

The garden was scheduled to open