Spring Has Sprung

According to my calendar on the wall, Spring has officially started!  This means cleaning things, paying taxes, messing around with clocks, reviewing New Year’s resolutions which are not yet resolved and generally feeling renewed.  It also means the outdoors is becoming more colorful.  True, most of the color is in the garden sections of large home improvement stores, but there’s a bunch of colorful stuff to be seen in our local natural world, too.

WARNING:  There are NO birds in this post!  That’s unusual for me, but they will reappear in the next post.  Promise.

Woods, fields, marshes, shorelines – all are showing signs of the Spring cycle.  Flowers are blooming, insects are pollinating, birds are migrating northward and it’s even nicer than usual to be out amongst it all.  (My wife is in slight disagreement at the moment due to a conflict of interest between the pollen and her asthma which prevents her from breathing – not a good thing!)

As soon as weather permits, try to get out and observe what’s happening during your own Spring!  In the meantime, here are a few photos of Nature’s colorful offerings!

(Not all of these photos were taken during Spring and some have been seen here before, but they’re representative of the season.)

Climbing Butterfly-Pea

Climbing Butterfly-Pea

Swamp Hibiscus

Swamp Hibiscus

Honeybee On Common Beggar-Ticks

Honeybee On Common Beggar-Ticks

Large-Flowered Sabatia

Large-Flowered Sabatia

Moonflower

Moonflower

Phaon Crescent

Phaon Crescent

Partridge-Pea

Partridge-Pea

Sand Blackberry

Sand Blackberry

Golden Silk Orbweaver

Golden Silk Orbweaver

Sky-blue Lupine

Sky-blue Lupine

Viceroy

Viceroy

Ironweed

Ironweed

Palamedes Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

 

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

 

Squirrel Tree Frog and Wasp on Button Bush

Squirrel Tree Frog and Wasp on Button Bush

 

White Peacock

White Peacock

 

Southern Beeblossom

Southern Beeblossom

 

 

We hope you find some local color this Spring!

(If anyone has corrections to proper names for any of the above, we would really appreciate a note!)

 

Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit!

 

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29 thoughts on “Spring Has Sprung

  1. This post was really good and good for me! I tend to get a little weepy (and not from allergies) this time of year as I start to miss the early spring flowers that would be blooming in Oregon…and that we don’t get here (daffodils, violets, lilacs etc)…and then when I think of those I start to miss some other things about our other home (like my kids for example ;>)) . And of course a lot of our fellow snowbirds are heading home, so that adds to it all

    BUT we are not ready to leave yet, for lots of reasons, and your post reminds me that there are new and different things about the season here too! I just need to go outside and take pictures of some of them!

    Hope your wife is OK.. Bill’s Oregon allergies are one of the reasons we aren’t heading back yet. NO fun.

    • We really appreciate your visits (to the blog as well as our state!). My wife is much better, thank you! Hope the stuff causing Bill’s allergies is gone soon so you can head back!

  2. Just lovely…. I can’t seem to capture our swallowtails, but you’ve got a perfect shot!

    The colors couldn’t get any lovelier — fairy heaven!

  3. Anonymous

    Beautiful photos of spring! That ironweed bloom looks an awful lot like our lorapetalum. You might not have any birds, but I enjoyed the winged creatures and all the pretty flowers. Have a great day!

  4. Thanks for sharing your spring Wally, it is still trying to arrive here so your photos give me hope.

  5. Beautiful images! Spring just creeps up on us here in Florida. I had the pleasure of leaving Illinois and stepping right into spring this year, and the changes were much more apparent (and welcome!)

  6. Hi Wally. No birds huh! Nice shots of the butterflies though but as a strictly birdy man I know little about flowers ven though I appreciate them. Take a listen of the Curlew bubbling to hear our spring – when it stops snowing of course.

    http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Numenius-arquata

  7. You could have left that spider picture out. Great post!

  8. What a treat for the senses. I’ve only seen one butterfly-pea in our woods. Your photo really sets it off. We do have lots of the gorgeous golden silk orbweavers. They have a gift for stringing web at eye (or mouth) level across the gravel road. Lots of beauties here — the moonflower is particularly delectable.

    Love to you, big brother, and hope Gini’s breathing easier.

    • Howdy, Little Sis! We appreciate the feedback! We’re getting a frog-strangler of a downpour at the moment which we hope will wash away a bit of the oak pollen she’s been having trouble with. Hope y’all are well!

      Love you, too!

  9. What a visual feast! So many beautiful flowers & butterflies! Thanks for the info on the banded Caracara. I’ve seen that same one for many years in the vicinity of the wetlands, but wouldn’t have guessed it was 10 years old! I often see it with a mate close by as well. Take care, Wally!

  10. TexWisGirl

    all just gorgeous! that white peacock butterfly stole the show for me, though. wow!! loved the tree frog, too. 🙂

    • Thank you! I kept waiting for that frog to try and eat the wasp, which was about the same size! The wasp helped him out by flying away!

  11. Reblogged this on vienaqui and commented:
    Beautiful flowers and signs that spring is here. Gorgeous photographs

  12. Such a beautiful collection of photos!

  13. I saw the warning about no birds in the email short and had to come see for myself! Butterflies will suffice. 🙂 Sorry to hear about the asthma. Yes, breathing is one of those things we take for granted. I hope the irritating pollens are soon gone so she can enjoy the great outdoors.

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