Spring: Pure and Primal Lifeforce

SPRING in the Virginia Highlands

The greening of the hills

The greening of the hills

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)

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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)

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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!

Country road in spring

Country road in spring

This post was created in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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17 Responses to Spring: Pure and Primal Lifeforce

  1. Sagar Sharma says:

    your slideshows are nice. i like the flowers a lot.

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  2. Annette, these are such wonderful Spring images. What lovely scenery, and your flower and bird pics are so special. I love that yellow bird in the grass.🙂

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    • Sylvia – I added the names of the birds in the text since that didn’t show up on the slideshow. Here they are: 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)
      Gorgeous little jewels, aren’t they?!

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  3. dadirri7 says:

    Flowers unknown to me but exquisite … birds wonderful … oh to experience that kind of Spring!

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    • Sorry – I had them identified in the title but it didn’t show up in the slideshow. Here they are starting with the Pink Lady’s Slipper (with the purple border): 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).

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  4. asqfish says:

    Annette, what a beautiful post, visually, spiritually and a great uplift for the spirit! Thank you, loved the pics especially with the bird with the worm in her mouth. My grandson would love the “birdies”:)
    keep posting pics it is such an uplifting offering. Thank you!

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  5. Lambs, budding trees, iris and muscari, and birds! Your spring post is divine!!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous collection of photos of spring in the Virginia highlands. I enjoyed them immensely.

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  7. My favorite time of year. Thanks!

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  8. Tish Farrell says:

    All that rising sap – so exciting, Annette. Makes me want to jump up and down like a spring lamb. Lovely flower gallery too.

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  9. What a lovely collection of spring sights, and I love your thoughts about a spring re-birth…..always so refreshing🙂

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  10. This is an inspiring post🙂

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