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Weekly Photo Challenge -Spring

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

GREEN
GREEN

It’s spring again at last, and all the world is smiling.  Ash has asked us to respond to this week’s challenge with signs of spring.  Here on Kiawah, all of the creatures that share our lovely spot on the planet are peeking out from their winter’s hideaway. The bright green frog above as well as the baby gator below.

BABY GATOR
BABY GATOR

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

As those of us on Kiawah know only too well, where there’s a baby there’s sure to be a watchful mama close by. The one below, which my lens captured just yesterday, seems as happy as we are that spring has finally arrived.

HAPPY GATOR
HAPPY GATOR

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”

John Muir

Here in South Carolina’s beautiful lowcountry, spring arrives early. Plants and animals begin peeking out from winter’s hibernation in late March and early April. Baby creatures are born and flowers bloom as winter disappears and spring’s warm breezes caress the earth. Nesting loggerhead turtles return from the sea to deliver their eggs to our shore. The hatchlings who survive will make their way to the sea, amazingly finding their way back each following year to hatch their own offspring.

TO THE SEA
TO THE SEA

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”

Neltje Blanchan

Kiawah is also a stopover for the beautiful Monarch butterfly as it makes it’s way across the country, following the warmer climates it needs to thrive.

RESTING MONARCH
RESTING MONARCH

Spring brings joy to life.”

A.K.White

It is a time for our beautiful shore birds, like the great blue herons and graceful egrets below, to nest and bear their young.

HERON FAMILY
HERON FAMILY

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”

Marty Rubin

FAMILY TIME
FAMILY TIME

“Every man and every living creature has a sacred right to the gladness of springtime.”

Leo Tolstoy

Flowers begin to bloom, from the lovely purple and yellow irises to the gloriously scented magnolias that share their potent perfume with anyone passing them by.

PURPLE AND GREEN
PURPLE AND GREEN

“ Springtime crawls out of the wild mouths of flowers.”

Claudia Llompart

MAGNOLIA
MAGNOLIA

“At springtime all is born-again.”

Eric Metaxas

It’s not only the creatures who come out of hibernation to enjoy springtime’s warm sun and soft breezes. Residents too (including yours truly) are once again taking to the paths and beaches to soak up the joys of springtime. This year especially, after the absurdly long and harsh winter of 2014, we are all entitled to bask in the beauty of nature’s rebirth.

FINALLY !
FINALLY !

“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring”

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Here’s to spring, may it teach us the value of perseverance as winter vanishes at last!

To see some others’ views of springtime, click here.

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130 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge -Spring Leave a comment

  1. Great shots Tina….love the first one of the frog and it prompted me to reflect that I haven’t seen a frog in the wild in years – they used to be in every park pond when I was growing up!

    • Hi Deb – thanks! Yes they all seem to have migrated down here LOL. The little green ones are as sweet as can be. The brown ones, not so much. Wonder why that is!

  2. what fabulous examples of spring! I thank you so much for sharing as many of us just don’t take the time to enjoy these little gifts when they are right in front of our faces!!! Just brilliant colors….

  3. Tina – perfect way to welcome spring! Spring is associated with butterflies, blooming flowers, chatter of birds..You’ve captured all that and more. A truly beautiful post!

  4. I always love how you combine beautiful interesting photos with beautiful interesting quotes. This post may be my favorite. I especially love the Rilke quote (and the smiling gator).

  5. what a fantastic post – and I like the birds the most – but all go so well – and like that momma shot…

    and this was fav take-away quote:
    ““Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”

    Neltje Blanchan

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