Sunday, February 20, 2011

The air is redolent with spring

These are a few of my favorite things!

Spring is four weeks away. Today I could smell the loamy earth damp from snow
melt breathing spring's promise. The temperature was nearly 70 degrees and the sun was shining, and the breeze was warm and brisk.

We walked around the lake at Bee Tree Park and took photographs. Thank goodness for digital cameras. Remember when you had to make every picture count because film and processing were so expensive? We took pictures of seagulls nose diving for fish. A gaggle of geese sqwonked and swam away from us. Turtles sunned themselves on a log, and best of all, four bald eagles soared overhead one right after the other like the Blue Angels on maneuvers. They swooped right above our heads. It was an incredible sight to behold. All of it. I mean, seagulls in St. Louis? They hitchhike on tugs and populate near our rivers and streams now. We spied a giant blue heron gliding overhead. My skin prickled at the sight of daffodils sprouting.

We sat on a bench at the scenic overlook and watched barge traffic on the mighty Mississippi. We walked to the car counting our blessings and the days until spring.

A couple of weeks ago, I got so excited when I spied a tiny green plant protruding out of the snow. I thought it was the first sign of spring, a crocus. I looked closer and realized it was a vegetable. I yelled for my hubby and told him to come see the baby broccoli plant growing in the back yard. Oh my! It was a sprig that I had thrown to the bunny that lives under the shed. Should I even admit that? I am so in a hurry for spring.

The wedding last night was uneventful unless you consider that my brother-in-law introduced his wife of twenty-something years by his ex-wife's name as the two women stood side by side. Sparks flew and not just between the bride (his daughter)and the groom.


Chatty Crone said...

That doesn't sound to good for your BIL! sandie

Susan said...

Oh Linda, that was a nice piece on Mother Nature's gifts. Hope all goes well for the bride and groom. Hey! At least they got married! Most people nowadays are getting divorced! Right? Take care. Susan

Bookie said...

Sounds like you had a nice weekend overall.
Today was gray and cooler here, but I am not complaining....two glorious days before...sunny and will keep me going--I hope.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Great (new) photo of you, as well as the photos of the birds.

Priyanka Bhowmick said...

love these shots. thank u for the blog follow

Maria said...

Lovely to meet you, Linda. Thanks for coming over to my blog. With a name like yours, I thought you were Irish!

Reflections said...

Wonderful nature shots! I have been brousing through your posts, love what you are doing here and had to follow along. Thanks also for stopping by my place.

SparkleFarkel said...


About your recent "répondez s'il vous plaît" posted by a delightful you in my Blog Comments: the answer is "Will do!" *gives Linda's "Followers" button a happy click!*

P.S. Happy Springtime, because I know its just got to be here somewhere. Hm. Have you looked behind the couch?

Sylvia K said...

Love the birds! And great shots as well! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy! Spring is on the way -- can't get here too soon for me! Thanks for visiting/following my blog. I'm following yours now, too.


Peggy said...


Thank you for following my blog. I always love to meet new bloggers.
Your photo's of nature brings back great memories for me. A few years back we lived just off a very busy pond, full of life.:)
I'll be back to visit, have a great week.

Akelamalu said...

Love the photos.

Thanks for visiting and following me and taking the time to comment. Nice to meet you. :)

Vicki said...

Hi Linda!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. Love your pictures! Looks like Spring will visit you sooner than it will me. I live in Southern Wisconsin ... and ... my heart and soul also belong to the beach.
Following you back.

Terri Tiffany said...

I love your new photo of you by the lake--it looks like spring there for sure:) It is summer here again, back in the 80s and all the pollen piling up on my car:(

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

We also had a beautiful weekend, temps in the 70s. Going to drop to low 60s again by Wed, but it was nice while it lasted. :) Love your new pic! And the wedding story is a riot...probably not to wife #2, though!

Pat said...

Now that I've cut a few premature daffodils, and then the others got snowed on, I'm more than ready for spring!!

Yikes--awkward moment at the wedding!

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

"Sqwonked". What a perfect word!