SPRING in the Virginia Highlands
For the last two weeks, everything has been “springing” back to life – trees blossom into clouds of soft petals or sprout their first emerald green baby leaves.
Animals give birth and teach their young to survive:
Exuberant spring flowers with their heady scents and splashy colors make us forget the cold monotony of winter.
(The spring flower slideshow contains 12 images. In sequence, starting with the Pink Lady’s Slipper in purple border, they are: Virginia Bluebells, Dutchman Breeches, Marsh Marigold, Bloodroot, Hepatica, Columbine, Tulip, Pansy, Grape Hyacinth, Iris and Daffodil (most of these are native spring wildflowers here in our Virginia woods and marshlands; the columbine, tulip, pansy, hyacinth, iris and daffodil grow in my garden).
If you hover over a picture and click on the right arrow, you can speed up the pace)
Migratory birds return to fill the air with their flute-y, trilling, whistling music. First, the robins with their fiery orange bellies and killdeer with their black necklace bands, then goldfinches, flycatchers, Eastern Meadowlarks, swallows, finches, hummingbirds….they all return in their Sunday best, mate and make more babies.
(The bird slideshow contains 9 images. In sequence, starting with the single yellow goldfinch: common grackle, a male and female goldfinch among dandelions, barn swallows, tree swallows, American robin, killdeer, finches, not sure if they are house or purple finches, and red-winged blackbird)
Spring is about re-birth, regeneration and procreative cycles. Creating new life is about new beginnings, hope and faith. As Nature reinvents herself every spring, we have hope that we, too, can have a fresh start. Maybe we can finish a long over-due project, get fresh ideas for how we want to live our life, feel inspired to pursue an old dream or a brand-new idea….We walk down the same roads as if they were new roads…they certainly look brand-spanking new. Or maybe we really do find a new road and have the courage to explore it. It’s spring, after all!
This post was created in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring.