J is for… Joy

Sometimes when I’m taking pictures, I catch the moment while missing the “perfect” picture.

Often those are perfect pictures anyway.

Jane delighting in spring weather, running with a stick over her head like a flag and a dog following behind her was joy incarnate. It was only after yesterday’s post that I realized that “Jane” herself could be my letter “j”.  Apparently I forget what my kids’ names are on a regular basis…

I am photo blogging through the alphabet this month with…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

In the winter we live in a world dominated by black and white.  Then, come spring, when your eyes finally spy those first green shoots, you can feel something sigh within you as your gaze rests on the welcome color.  For awhile each new spot of green in the landscape is a welcome sight but now, now are the days when the earth explodes.

Last week we were still enjoying the soft fuzz of new leaves, spring flowers, growing grass and emerging plants. This week, after a few days of rain, the amount of green is no longer a relief to the eyes but an assault. Jane walking in green woodsPlants have grown inches, new leaves are everywhere and the spring flowers that were the focus of the landscape have become hidden under the flush of growth.  There is no doubt about it, the growing season has arrived!

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinnertime

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinnertime

One evening, right around when I should have been fixing dinner, I couldn’t go inside. I was stuck on the deck, captivated by all the different kinds of bees flying through a patch of scilla looking for their own dinner.honey bee flying

The girls and I laid on our bellies and watched honey bees, bumble bees, mason bees and assorted flies until our own dinner was severely delayed.honey bee on scilla

We couldn’t tear ourselves away from the show until I discovered how to use the time lapse feature on my camera, then to keep our shadows out of the picture, we walked away.

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When we returned, ten minutes later, dinnertime for the bees seemed to be over and we finally headed inside to start on our own.