Prolific Signs of Spring
“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
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.
“Springtime crawls out of the wild mouths of flowers.”
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.
“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?
“All seasons have something to offer.”
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.
“Spring is the fountain of love for thirsty winter.”
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”.
“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.
Awesome images, Tina! Your artistry with Topaz Studio Impressions does really impress! 🙂
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”
I doubt your brain is limited by anything Abrie 🙂
I like you betterer and betterer.
I thought you had started a new career as a world famous painter until I came til the end. 😉 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
Thanks so much Dina, and a happy spring to you!
you have an Amazing blog dear and it is always an inspiration to a beginner like me.
Beautiful work Tina!!
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. 🙂
Oh man, those wildfires can be frightening, esp on windy days. Hope nice is there to stay for a while!
The photos are lovely they way you have processed them. What I really like is the opening quote by Dickens. So true!
Thanks Laurie—dickens was a far greater master if his craft than I oh mine LOL
I just love the way you have processed these photos Tina, so painterly, just like soft, beautiful water colours.
Thanks very much Pauline, sometimes I simply enjoy the process 😊
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.
Good idea! I love the art that Topaz can produce
These are GREAT Tina…..they have a very interesting look to them….I love how they flow ….colors are awesome!!
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Amazing job Tina.
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Tina, beauties all. They have this ethereal sensibility that comes with spring. Well done. By the way, my wisteria is weeks away from blooming. It’s a favorite, both in aroma and clusters.
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!
Wonderful series of spring impressions, Tina. The soft pastels of lowcountry nature work really well. The nesting egrets is a gorgeous “painting”.
Thanks Jane – I enjoyed playing artist with these – glad they appealed to your artist’s eye.
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 😢). 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!
Tina, these photographs are absolutely gorgeous!
I am trying to choose a favorite, and simply cannot (although I think it might be the wisteria). 🙂
Truly, truly beautiful work on these.
Have a wonderful week ahead!
Thanks so much Lisa. High praise indeed 😊
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Time to open a gallery .. you have so much to offer !
I feel lucky to get to see your work!
LOL, you are very kind Diane. I’m happy sharing with friends 😊
The earth does not smile but laughs at the flowers. You have painted the world with these photos, Tina. Life will be buzzing…
How very poetic Perpetua – thanks so much!
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.
Thanks Ms Zen! Always a tough call on edits like these but once in a while I do like to play a bit😊
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It can be lots of fun 🙂 Especially if they turn out as beautiful as yours.
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. 🙂
And thank YOU for starting mine Judy!!!
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I don’t know how you did these photos, but they are wonderful
Thanks Margo – Topaz has some really nice products to help create art from photos. Every once in a while I love playing around with them.
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.
Thanks Janet! Have heard her speak many times—she’s terrific
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Really love the impressionistic effect on these photos! “NESTING” and “WISTERIA” are my favs!
Many thanks Grammy – glad those spoke to you!
What a lovely post… could have sworn I was looking at oil paintings…. beautiful
Thanks GF, love Impressionism now and then
Always a stunning and prolific photo gallery you put on, Tina!
Many thanks Terri!
I love your Topaz Images…. makes me feel like Alice in Wonderland! 🙂 Kudos for your innovative approaches to photography.
Love the Alice comment Dor! Many thanks
Beautiful and expressive images and words, Tina! I hope you’re out enjoying the sunshine and the season. 🙂
Thanks so much Patti, I sure am!!
These look like you painted them!
I guess in a way I did Miss Laurel!
I love the effect in these images Tina, they are beautiful compositions 🤗💖
Thanks so much Xenia😊
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 ” >
Soon Toni, soon! Meanwhile back to Kiawah!!!
Greetings from the Middle East Mrs Tina. Awesome shots yet again. Must check out that Topaz thingy! Regards.
Greetings back Micheal! And many thanks
You made beautiful scenes even more beautiful.
Thanks Sharon, sometimes it’s fun to try to create something new 😊
These are truly beautiful and the post goes so perfect with the images.
Thanks so much Timeless!
Wow. This is nice.
Wow! This is really wonderful, Tina. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Isabel, glad this one spoke to you
Stunning images Tina!
Thank you Rainee