Prolific Signs of Spring

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

Charles Dickens

EGRET ON A BRANCH

EGRET ON A BRANCH

Here in lowcountry South Carolina, spring is in the air. Beyond the warm sunshine and soft breezes, there are signs of seasonal change that we’ve come to love. Chief among them, we appreciate the devoted nesting behaviors of our beautiful avian residents such as the egret above and the pair below.

NESTING

NESTING

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

Cecilia Llompart

Like many other parts of the country, springtime brings with it an amazing variety of colorful flowers. Although our fragrant, creamy magnolia (my personal favorite) is only now beginning to bud, the wisteria, camellia and azaleas have blossomed everywhere these past few weeks – adding their wonderful scents to the very air we breathe.

GARDEN PATH

GARDEN PATH

“To everything there is a season.”

Ecclesiastes 3 KJV

What is it about flowers that brings a smile to most everyone’s lips? Is it their color, their fragrance, or simply the fact that they persevere whatever havoc the winter throws at them?ย 

WISTERIA

WISTERIA

“All seasons have something to offer.”

Jeanette Walls

Beyond the birds and the flowers, so too the creatures who call our island home become ever more plentiful – deer giving birth to fawns, gators to hatchlings and bobcats to kittens. Life begins anew as both flora and fauna sense the turn of the calendar’s pages.

DEAR DEER

DEAR DEER

“Spring is the fountain of love for thirsty winter.”

Munia Kahn

Sadly (for us at least) spring is also the time when our sleepy island awakens, soon to be shared with the many visitors who come for our warmth, our beautiful beach and it’s breezes, and for all of the wonders we preserve so carefully during our winter season. Hopefully all will follow the oft-quoted advice to “take only photos, leave only footprints”.

SEASIDE VISITORS

SEASIDE VISITORS

“Every season has a reason.”

Gift Gugu Mona

I’ve chosen to present this week’s images of spring using Topaz Studio Impressions. Here’s hoping your season of warmth and rebirth is also underway. To see more responses to this week’s Prolific challenge, click here.

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72 thoughts on “Prolific Signs of Spring

  1. You did it again. Spring prevent us from becoming the dickens in with weather. It gives us options.
    Although my brain is limited to literal interpretations of photography, I do love your “paintings”

  2. I thought you had started a new career as a world famous painter until I came til the end. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Topaz Studio Impressions did a brilliant job with your photos, Tina. Love all of them for their special beauty, but the last one I’d frame and put up on my wall. Gorgeous!
    Wishing you a lovey weekend, enjoy spring. x

  3. You’re getting good with the artistic rendering.

    We’re off to the Colorado version of “spring is here”. A lot of wind with a wildfire (last week), then some snow, then a warm-up (over the weekend), and back to snow (yesterday and last night). Today, very nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Topaz Studio – love what you did with these images! I wanted to print ALL of my Topaz enhanced images and put them on my wall – but that wasn’t really feasible. So I got one of those digital photo frames, put the photos on it, and set it on a ledge over my kitchen counter. It comes on automatically when it senses movement.

  5. These are GREAT Tina…..they have a very interesting look to them….I love how they flow ….colors are awesome!!

    • Agree with you re the wisteria Sally – definitely a mainstay here in our area. Their fragrance is simply glorious! Thanks for the lovely comment, glad these caught your fancy!

  6. This post holds the magical moments of spring, Tina. The Topaz Studio Impressions you applied gives the feel that the transition from winter into the warm, brilliant realm of spring is here to stay for a while. Loved every shot, but the last one captured something special – set up perfectly with the preceding paragraph you wrote. Wish you perfect days ahead ~

    • Always great to see your name come up Randall (despite not having seen you post in quite some time ๐Ÿ˜ข). Thank you as always for your thoughtful and much-appreciated comment. I do enjoy playing with Topaz when the spirit moves me, as it did this week. Sometimes I feel the use of textures and special effects can help those who, like me, are challenged by painting or drawing to achieve the artistic results we’d like to have created with paper and pen!

  7. Tina, these photographs are absolutely gorgeous!
    I am trying to choose a favorite, and simply cannot (although I think it might be the wisteria). ๐Ÿ™‚
    Truly, truly beautiful work on these.

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  9. These photos are masterpieces Tina. I usually like photos to be as close to the original as possible, but you’ve edited these very tastefully. They are beautiful.

  10. I really didn’t know you could do anything else to elevate your photography, but you figure out how to advance it to pure art. These images are amazing. The egrets and wisteria need a frame or a canvas. Thank you for making my morning get off to a great start. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Oh, so well done, Tina. I thought of you yesterday when I read my first book by Mary Alice Moore, which took place on an island in the SC low country. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    janet

  13. Looking forward to spring. It doesn’t exist this year in Ohio. Toni

    On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 10:03 AM, Travels and Trifles wrote:

    > Tina Schell posted: “”Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the > sun and winter in the shade.” Charles Dickens Here in lowcountry South > Carolina, spring is in the air. Beyond the warm sunshine and soft breezes, > there are signs of seasonal change that we’ve ” >

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