Signs of Spring

It’s been a mild winter, weather-wise, but a rough one for my psyche. I won’t go into the details, but some stressors I’ve been dealing with should ease up in the next month or so, and I’ll have more time to write and do other fun things.

Seeing my crocuses looking this gorgeous (with my Ice Follies narcissi not far behind) helps me feel hopeful! Also being able to paint my toenails and wear sandals again.

I’m also looking forward to a retreat my writing buddies and I are planning for next month. As in past years, we’ve rented a house near Taughannock Falls on Cayuga Lake, where we always do a lot of writing, interspersed with walks through the park or kayaking on the lake. In the evenings, it’s romantic historical films, wine and chocolate. I can’t wait!

Below are pictures I took last year of the falls and of a patch of wildflowers we admired on one of our walks. Later, I discovered that this plant is called bloodroot, for its red sap which was used as a dye by Native American artists. We also see trilliums, trout lilies, Dutchman’s breeches and many other wildflowers during our spring retreats.

Anyone else into flowers, wild or otherwise? What are you looking forward to this spring?


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10 years ago

What beautiful pictures! The writers escape sounds wonderful. Our desert flowers have bloomed and withered already. They were beautiful. Our apple tree has also already bloomed and little itty-bitty apples are starting to appear. The hopefulness of spring is so irresistible. 🙂

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

I hope that your writers weekend is all you hope for! Spring is a time of new beginnings.

Elena Greene
10 years ago

Judy, desert spring sounds so different. I would love to see that sometime.

Diane, I’m actually hoping to reach an end this spring–to my WIP!

Janet Mullany
10 years ago

I love to see huge swathes of daffodils and here they’re planted at the sides of highways and on median strips. I have minor swathes of a few square feet in my garden too. Spring has warmed up very suddenly here and I’m afraid that we won’t have the usual leisurely progression, but we still have time for it to get really cold!

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