Anatomy of Spring


Spring arrived this week in central Virginia, bringing a different gift each day.  Seeing robins shivering in snow is a sign of spring, but it isn’t really spring yet until the trees have leaves on them!  Change has finally come, which is also this week’s photo challenge.

Monday – I came in to work, to find that the Bradford pears across from my desk were in full bloom.  They didn’t seem quite as lush as last year, but pretty nonetheless.

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From last year; I didn’t bring my camera fast enough to get this year’s blooms.

Tuesday – My car had a fine layer of yellow pollen on it.  The windshield needed a wash before I pulled out of the driveway in the morning.  The cherry trees on Brown’s Island were in bloom.

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Brown’s Island from the canal side.

Wednesday – My car is streaked with yellow pollen.  On the way in to work at 8 am, I happily noticed that the ends of the tree branches were swollen with green.  Anytime now, I thought, anytime and we will have leaves.  When I went out at noon to run an errand, the trees had leafed out!  Of course, 90 degree temperatures helped accelerate that considerately, but there was green everywhere.

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The rose garden at the botanical gardens.

Thursday – The cherry blossoms are already past peak and the Bradford pears are leafed out, their white blossoms gone for another year.

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Friday – It rained, the temperature went down, the cherry blossoms came down quicker yet, and everything looked greener.

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Saturday – The trees are continuing to leaf out, my car continues to be loaded with pollen in the mornings, and a moderate 75 degrees made for a nice afternoon reading on the deck after taking a walk at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Best yet, the mosquitoes are not out yet, although the turtles certainly are.

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It’s definitely not a snapping turtle. This year, the turtles are huge,
much bigger than they were several years ago.

And the beagle doesn’t know it, but the new package of squeak toys has one of his beloved soccer balls.  We haven’t given it to him yet, but his Daddy will probably do some throwing tomorrow so the beagle can have his play time.

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Someone was in the kitchen wondering if he was going to get a treat!

The unlabeled photos were taken at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.