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Spring has arrived at last (pic spam)....

Posted on 2009.05.25 at 08:35
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Spring is here, pretty much. It's about time. For the seasonal image fans, here's a brief visual update on how things are progressing.

Some of you know that I went to visit my family back east for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the month. My mother and brother live in the Washington D.C. suburbs. When I flew out of Duluth on April 30, the grass was greening up but there were no buds out on the trees.

Spring in VA:

What a difference when I arrived in Virginia. It rained most of the twelve days I was there, but it was mild, green and so lush! The two photos below were taken near my mother's house more than two weeks ago. What a contrast to northern Minnesota, the trees then still bare.

May 7th ~ a street a few blocks from my mother's in VA, trees in full leaf and flowers all over the place:

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May 7th ~ a tree-lined avenue through a wooded VA park near my mom's:

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Spring in MN:

Returning to Minnesota, it was clear there had been some nice days while I had been gone. The buds on the trees were beginning to unfurl.

May 15th ~ MN. This is a view across the front yard, taken a week after the photos in VA. It's clear that the trees are coming along, but they're still fairly bare:

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Seasonal comparisons: photos showing spring, winter and fall:

I took photos Saturday and Sunday of the front yard and my favourite nearby park (the one that runs along a creek in a narrow ravine; I've posted photos of it before). I have posted the new photos with shots of the same places taken in winter and fall.

By the middle of June, it will finally begin to look like summer. Maybe I'll take some summer photos down in the park to make it a four-season set.


Side view across the front yard ~ 5/24/2009, 4/03/2007, 10/14/2008:

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Tischer Creek Park:


First foot bridge ~ 5/23/2009, 12/24/2008, 10/04/2008:

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Path where the creek widens out ~ 5/23/2008, 1/29/2009, 10/04/2008:

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Second foot bridge ~ 5/23/2009, 12/24/2008, 10/04/2008:

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Third foot bridge ~ 5/23/2009, 1/29/2009, 10/25/2008:

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COMING UP: Pt. 1 of "The Glade of Galadriel" screencaps.





~ Mechtild

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Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 16:21 (UTC) (Link)
It's supposed to rain here today. Perhaps I could send you some? :)
Shirebound
shirebound at 2009-05-25 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
I just love footbridges! It's very very desert-like here, and it's wonderful to see all that lovely green.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
Didn't you post that cool footbridge where you live, a sort of swinging bridge? Yes, the footbridges give this little trail a great deal of its charm. And, yes, it's now very green, although not as green as it was at my mother's, where it was loads warmer and where it happened to rain nearly every day I was there: kind of like Ireland with the heat on. :)
bellewood
bellewood at 2009-05-25 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
Oh how lovely.. the autumn colours are beautiful, especially in the first set across the yard, and your park looks wonderful, so peaceful and quiet with so many trees.. i love trees.. a perfect place for a walk. I love seeing the same shots in different seasons, i hope you post summer pics. Thank you :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 16:25 (UTC) (Link)
I will certainly do some "summer down in the park shots" this year. I probably won't photograph the garden since I posted so many summer shots of it last year. It won't look any different. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Bellewood!
bagma
bagma at 2009-05-25 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
Your May sounds like our March! It's nearly summer here, there's flowers everywhere and it was 30 C° (86 F°) in the shade today... *mops brow*

Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures. Autumn really is a photogenic season!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, our May is very like March in northern Europe, especially here by this huge lake, Lake Superior. It's like an inland sea, and very cold all year, so it greatly moderates the temperatures. Last week unusual record-setting heat struck Minneapolis, which is only about 150 miles south of here: close. It got to 97 there; here it was in the low forties. But the wind shifted momentarily up here about five o'clock in the evening, so that it came up out of the south, carrying that hot air: where it had been 45 degrees down by the lake, in twenty minutes it measured 86. I thought of the scene just before the Riders of Rohan rode down onto the fields of Pelennor, when the shift in the wind made such a huge difference, although there it was a shift from dark to greater light, from dismal air to fresher air.

But our shift in temperature just lasted a few hours, that warm blast from last week. The wind shifted again to winds coming off the lake and it was immediately cool again.

But back to your area, isn't 86 hot for there, even in the middle of summer?

Edited at 2009-05-25 04:33 pm (UTC)
Prim
primula_baggins at 2009-05-25 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
Fascinating. I love how you showed the same scene in various seasons. What beautiful places both you and your mother live at. *envies*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
There is a lot of natural loveliness where my mother lives, the area around Washington D.C.. But it' so terribly crowded and congested with traffic, we would never consider living there. Here there is not a lot of traffic, but this is only a small city with no other cities nearby. While the beautiful lake and lack of heavy traffic have great appeal for us, they are not enough to attract most people to move here. The harsh climate and lack of decently-paid jobs keeps them away.

Edited at 2009-05-25 04:38 pm (UTC)
Map-Maker, Lighthouse-Keeper
marinshellstone at 2009-05-25 18:31 (UTC) (Link)
ohhh! the fall colors are so gorgeous! cool photos.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 20:03 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, sweetie, and good luck (and plenty of fortitude) as you and Adam prepare for your wedding. :)
lijahlover
lijahlover at 2009-05-25 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
It's so beautiful there thanks for the pictures!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
Love your hydrangea icon, Lijahlover!
mole_caz
mole_caz at 2009-05-25 19:13 (UTC) (Link)
My your home and neighbourhood looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
It does look nice; awfully chilly most of the time, though. :)
 Paulie
not_alone at 2009-05-25 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
These pics are wonderful, Mechtild - I love the avenue of trees, and the colours in the autumnal scenes are stunning - but they are all so beautiful. It struck me how similar to England the scenery is - am I right in thinking these states are all part of New England?

Our spring hasn't been too brilliant, mostly quite cold - but yesterday was our first really warm day of the year:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 20:07 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Paulie! No, our climate is not English at all; much too severe to be like England, even Scotland.

Here's a link to an old post about this area:

http://mechtild.livejournal.com/4038.html

There's a simple map, showing where Minnesota and our spot, Duluth on Lake Superior, is. Minnesota, like the northern Plains states, is like the U.S. Siberia. It's up on the Canadian border, but between the two coasts and mountain ranges.
Hewene
sayhello at 2009-05-25 19:43 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Those contrasting pictures are amazing! And beautiful in all seasons!

Hewene
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 20:08 (UTC) (Link)
It is beautiful from season to season, Hewene. It's just a drag that the winter season lasts more than half the year, lol.
aredhelebenesse
aredhelebenesse at 2009-05-25 20:08 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Spring arrived in your parts! Isn't it a bliss to see that the nature will finally become green? We have already a beautiful May down here and it's warm enough to go swimming.

I love your photos! Not only that they look utterly romantic, it's also a beautiful idea to photograph a hole set of all four seasons. So I'm already looking forward to see the summer photos of these lovely places.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I love spring. Yours sounds well underway, almost into summer. I love it when it warms up and everything is growing, almost right before your eyes.

I am glad you are enjoying the photos according to seasons, Aredhelebenesse. I don't know why I ever tried to make a photo record before. It's so neat to see the changed scenes, side by side.
melyanna_65
melyanna_65 at 2009-05-25 20:18 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful pictures, dear! I especially love comparing the places in the different seasons. There's a unique feel in each picture, according to the season. IT would be lovely to see how those same places look in Summer.

I must say that my favorite pics are the Fall ones, because of the gorgeous colours. And Autumn is the most hobbity season, in my opinion!

*hugs*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 22:33 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Melyanna, I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I do intend to take pictures in the little park when it's fully summer. That will be in July. I'll post the finished sets then.

Yes, Fall is a gorgeous time in places where there are lots of deciduous trees that have colourful leaves. It's pretty here, too, but so short. The leaves change and fall from the branches in just a few weeks. Blink, and you miss it!

P.S. Your icon is just lovely!
Ann
just_ann_now at 2009-05-25 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely pictures, especially the seasonal aspects.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-25 22:34 (UTC) (Link)
My trip to my mother's gave me an idea of how it looked where you live, too, Ann. Such a lush state. There's the occasional drought, but mostly VA is a very green state, once you get away from the congested areas.
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2009-05-26 04:50 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! As others have commented above, I love seeing the same scene during different seasons. All of them are beautiful.

If I were to take similar pictures in my garden in each season, aside from the different plants flowering, the scene wouldn't change all that much. Nothing so exciting as snow, that's for sure! :)

We had a sudden blast of winter last Thursday - rain and high winds that took down a tree close to where I work. It's fine again now, but it's getting cold in the mornings - 3.3C yesterday when I was out walking! Brrr.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-26 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, 3.3 is really cold for Perth, isn't it?

Yes, the seasons are beautiful, Maewyn. I just wish we lived somewhere where the milder ones lasted longer! :)
Maeglian
maeglian at 2009-05-26 13:13 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely photos. Love the seasonal comparisons. At least you've really *got* proper season. :-)
All the new fresh, green is heartening, isn't it?
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-05-26 13:24 (UTC) (Link)
All the new fresh, green is heartening, isn't it?

Yes, it is heartening, Maeglian. I'm going to go out there later today and be further heartened while pulling up dandelions. :)
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