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:
May 7th ~ a tree-lined avenue through a wooded VA park near my mom's:
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:
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:
Tischer Creek Park:
First foot bridge ~ 5/23/2009, 12/24/2008, 10/04/2008:
Path where the creek widens out ~ 5/23/2008, 1/29/2009, 10/04/2008:
Second foot bridge ~ 5/23/2009, 12/24/2008, 10/04/2008:
Third foot bridge ~ 5/23/2009, 1/29/2009, 10/25/2008:
COMING UP: Pt. 1 of "The Glade of Galadriel" screencaps.