Sunday, 17 April 2016

How Green is my Valley?

The cyclical wheel keeps turning - sap rises, awakening trees and hedgerows from their winter slumbers; Mother Nature decks them out in luminous shades of green, her seasonal choice, chartreuse, a glorious sight to see.
Accessorised in pinks
and whites
imperial gold and purple at their feet
 

"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living." David Attenborough

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  1. While looking at your glorious flowers I see the rains flooding against the windows here with 6 C degrees...

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    1. I took most of these photos before breakfast today - hopefully our lovely day will be heading in your direction soon.

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  2. Such lovely photos. Rosemary. Of all the greens, I love that early Spring chartreuse.
    Oh yes, I agree with Sir David!

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    1. 'New born' leaves and flowers are so fresh, clean and pristine, aren't they?

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  3. A pleasure to see the lovely blooms, I presume from your garden.

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    1. All but the for the first pink blossom which hangs over our garden from next door.

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  4. Hello Rosemary, Spring is here even in Taipei if you look for it--the problem is finding a bit of sun to bring out the colors! I'm almost tempted to ask what's that blue color in the background?
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - the blue colour has been lovely today - I took most of these photos this morning, but here too it has been more of a rarity than normal.

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  5. Spectacular photos! Love spring, it's my favorite season.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment - glad that you enjoyed seeing them

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  6. Sir David got it absolutely right! And so did you with your blooming photos!

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    1. Spring colours always seem so much fresher and brighter than those later in the year.

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  7. Your spring photos are of an extra-ordinary beauty, blue skies and sun, bright and soft colours make me smile happily.

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    1. The ones with the blue skies were taken this morning Janneke, we have had a lovely day. Thank you very much your generous comment has made my evening♡

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  8. A lovely look at the spring colours where you are. It is such a beautiful time of year. I didn't realise Sir David had said that and I must make note of it - thank you for sharing it. His words are so true.

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    1. I am sure that you too have also enjoyed today which has been fabulous from early morning until sunset.

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  9. Lovely photos, as always, Rosemary. Great to see the signs of spring as our days get repidly shorter.

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    1. I always find it strange to think that our seasons are so far removed from one another, but then again we are at oposite ends of the world!

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  10. Great is the first photo, and the rest of the flowers are beautiful. Regards.

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    1. Thank you very kindly Giga - I was walking past that tree in a local valley and suddenly noticed the strong shadows that the leaves were casting on its trunk.

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  11. Such a beautiful selection of Spring blossoms. Gorgeous photographs.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and I am so pleased that you enjoyed seeing the Spring blossoms.

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  12. Oh that chartreuse made my heart skip a beat! What a perfect foil for the glorious pinks and whites of the Spring blossoms. I hope some of this beauty is still about when we get to the UK later in the year :)

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    1. When the 'greens' first appear from their buds they are such an intensely wonderful shade aren't they? Keep my fingers crossed that you have good weather for your visit Patricia. Apart from Ireland where else in the UK will you be visiting?

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  13. Your photos are absolutely wonderful. I can almost smell the spring in the images.
    Have a happy this new week.

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    1. You are so kind Orvokki - I am loving seeing Toledo again through your eyes.

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  14. It is difficult picking a favorite. They are all so fresh and beautiful. I needed a pick me up. lost a credit card yesterday.

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    1. Crumbs! that is awful, I have never lost mine, but is something that I have always had a fear of doing. Hope you managed to stop it before anyone had a chance to use it. Good luck.

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  15. I can't get enough of the wonderful and intense colours of spring. On the weekend I bought magenta azaleas. They will be brilliant next year!
    You asked about the biscuits. They are from a shop called Sainsbury's. The biscuits were a little like shortbread. Delicious!

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    1. Yes, the spring flowers are so fresh and lovely, we need some colour in our lives and magenta azaleas sound perfect.
      We have a Sainsburys in our town so I will take a look, particularly as you mentioned that they were delicious - thank you

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  16. Fantastic spring colours, everything seems to be bursting here you can really notice the difference day by day. We forget how green and colurful everything is after winter. Sarah x

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    1. Yes, I agree, I think that is the secret as to why we all love the spring. After winters long dark days what could be better than blue skies and the brilliant fresh colours of the new growth.

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  17. Amazing pictures and colours Rosemary. Spring at it's best, captured in your stunning pictures. And I do believe we need spring. In so many ways. After the long and dark winter spring arrives with light, colour and hope. Life awakens and not only in nature but also us humans. The sparkle returns to our eyes and we seem more vibrant and alive again. :)

    Have a lovely Tuesday sweet Rosemary.♥

    Charlie
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    1. Dear Charlie - if we didn't have winter I feel that we would not have such a high appreciation of all those happenings that are taking place around us at this moment - Springs renewal is our renewal too - it is always special to hear from you Charlie - thank you.

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  18. Hi Rosemary....I saw your comment over at Pondside about the salty caramel cookies....They are from Sainburys...Debbie xx

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    1. Thanks Debbie - I will watch out for them and give them a try

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  19. So beautiful pics, Rosemary! And yes: that hue of green almost allures one to eat it (or drink it)! The quote by the great Sir David Attenborough is wonderful - I utterly agree with him.

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    1. Thanks Britta - spring is so lovely - it makes you feel that all is well in the world.

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  20. Beautiful close ups , and a marvel at the renewal every year.

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    1. It makes you feel good doesn't it Jane?

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  21. How beautiful, Rosemary, both your garden and your photos! The green of new buds are so special and other colorful flowers look more beautiful with green. I hear some places are still winter-like. Those who are in that area would be green with envy to see this post.

    Yoko

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    1. Spring is definitely later here this year Yoko - the season began very early but then slowed down. The fresh bright colours are a joy to see.

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  22. Beautiful images
    Beautiful colours

    Thanks for sharing and making my morning so colourful

    All the best Jan

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    1. Oh, thank you so much Jan - you have now made my day too.

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