Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bits Of Life........


Shhhhhhhh.........don't let anyone know we're waking.....


.....Putting on our best whites for Easter......


......Shy faces turning from the camera, hiding their beauty....


....Everything bursting at the seams to welcome Spring!
Where are you, fickle season?

39 comments:

Silke said...

Don't you just love those days when everything is starting to emerge and you know it just takes one warm day for the flowers to burst forth! Is that a birch tree? I love them - we had on in our yard growing up and it was my favorite tree. Except for the larch tree - because that one was great to climb on. Well, and the giant willow tree - because that one was great to hide under... Wishing you a most wonderful day! Love, Silke

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Silke,

Yes, that's a paper birch, one of the TEN I planted that survived. The rest sort of died miserably. Maybe i have one more, but that's the healthy one. Our winters really get too cold for them here and this one is in between other trees.
I love it right before things bloom, but am always sooooo hesitant; we seem to perpetually get hit with a late freeze and there is nothing more mournful than a magnolia with completely withered buds.....sniff!
Keeping fingers crossed....

XXOO!!
Anne

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Marilyn said...

I try so hard to keep my spirits up with my constant talks with God but in light of the upcoming surgery, yet again, I am weary!!
I love these photos!! Thanks for the pick-me-up!!
Love you Anne!!
Marilyn
((HUGS))

Elena said...

Gorgeous photos Anne! With these warm days coming I'm sure things will start bursting through!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marilyn,

I understand completely....off to my Dr this a.m. and we'll see what is in store.
I guess we just hit that age where our social life revolves around white coats......sigh.....
Big hugs to you dear!!! Glad I could brighten the day a bit!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Elena!

Yes, it all pops at once....you have to move quick with the camera and hope the cold doesn't kabollox everything.
Yes, that's a word but it's probably spelled wrong! :D

XXOO!!
Anne

yoborobo said...

I am waiting with baited breath for my cherry tree to bloom. I am going to stand in the yard with my camera waiting. LOL! I'm like you, worried some freak snow, or windstorm, will come barreling through and take all the blossoms. LOVE the birch. Now I want to plant one. My mom used to have a little 'grove' in her back yard. :) Thank you for all the giggles yesterday. Any fireants will be returned COD. haha! xoxoxox Pam

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Pam, I have a weeping cherry that is soooo close to opening....I walk by all the time! It's too big to cover and I am paranoid. I just KNOW it will get zapped! LOL!!!
Yes, just tell the fire ants they have to play nice and come home....or I'll come after them with the ant spray!
OMG!!! That was too funny!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

marianne said...

yay! lovely photos- glad to see that spring is making it to you too!

Deborah said...

OOooooo Anne! Springalicious! LoVe the lighting you captured on the pansy, or is it a pansy? Spring green, Easter green...nothing like it. Excellent post! **heavy sigh** Deb

Janet Ghio said...

Beautiful photos! Don't you just love birch trees with the peeling bark!

Georgina said...

Well Spring has sprung here...going to be 84 degrees today and sunny. That's great, right?? Then add 85 degrees, howling 40-60 mph winds and blowing dust and you have to keep the house shut down as to not let ALL the bloody dirt in and hopefully, you can get those ceiling and oscillating fans to cool the place down!!! Yea, happy Spring!!!

Oh, don't listen to me, I'm a bit of a grump right now, but the weather isn't that bad right now, it's just when we get those horrid dust storms, it SUCKS!!!

Love ya,
G

gypsylulu said...

OMG, Anne...that birch is a work of art in itself!...it really caught my eye. You have given great inspiration here!..love it..

It lovely and sunny here..but still feels cold to me...however, supposed to get warm this weekend!
Good news..my daughter is coming for the weekend!..yea! We always have such fun together..
I am hanging in there...doing ok!
xoxo, gypsy

Queenmothermamaw said...

Anne that last picture is what I am trying to get for FSO, they are calling the technique 'bokeh' but my camera cannot do that. I am so disappointed. Oh well on to the next thing. I am in awe of all your post.
QMM

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Spring enters our hearts like a woman performing a ballet...she decides when and where she will make her stage entrance. The white paper birch is so elegant and lovely...have a great week. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Diana Evans said...

oh Anne!!!! these photos make me so so happy!!! what a wonderful fresh start!!! I love Spring!!!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

what beautiful photos!

I"m so envious of your walk; we've had rain for four straight days. The world here is one big mud puddle.

Ces said...

Betula papyrifera!!!
There!!!
You did it.
Tsup!!!

di from di-did-it said...

mmm... lovely! Looks like you're seeing more spring than central Iowa has seen yet. Hopefully we'll be catching up this week! I'm anxious to go exploring with my camera. Have a super week!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey all!
Sorry for a mass response....I am running exceptionally late, had to go WALK because SOMEONE has been eating too much......grrrr.....and feel like I have been run over with a truck! LOL!
It was pure clay mud when I was out taking the pics and I am surprised I did not end up on my nether regions! We have had more than our share of rain and everything is a big mess. Selective cropping is the secret to beautiful pics!
Deb, that is a two-tone wild violet. I have three colors of violets and they sort of pop up all over, though usually taller.
Spring is very slowly on it's way, though they are saying storms on Sunday, which is Indiana all over. ICK.
I'll try and get back to blog hopping tomorrow.....I need to hustle and work today!
Ces--Mental Ninja! Thank you for the latin classification!

To all,
XXOO!!
Anne

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your garden is WAY ahead of ours. Today I noticed a teeny tiny bud of green on one of the shrubs and the tulips are finally poking through the ground. DH got carried away with the bed the snowdrops where in and they've met their Waterloo, so we don't even have those to cheer me up. So...all that drivel to say thanks for the photos!

Leslie said...

Jealous, lots. We are no where near so ready for the Spring display, altho, some of the MANY bulbs we planted in the church garden are poking the wee green heads out and getting prepared. Lucky!

Jan said...

Beautiful photos and great captions!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi M.A.!

Hey, I had to look hard to find those tidbit od Spring. I have leaves showing in the beds, but flowering anything is scarce. It is supposed to warm this week, so that should send things into bud or blossom.
I just have a chipmunkf-from-hell destroying my flowerbeds.....I have no idea what will be left! What I posted? That may be IT! LOL!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Leslie,

I wsh I could plant more bulbs, but I choose not to feed the varmint that I mention in previous reply......
I hate chipunks......grrrrrrr...

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Jan!

I bet you have things in full bloom out there; your climate is so temperate compared to ours.
I keep checking my narcissus every day......lots of leaves, no blossoms. I suppose they need seperation too.
Oh well!

XXOO!!
Anne

audrey said...

These photographs are beautiful, Anne. I especially love the birch. Alas, the large King Crimson Maple tree we had planted last Fall in the front yard did not make it. We have a River Birch on order to replace it - should be here in another week or so. I know I will love it.
♥ audrey

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Anne,
I hope your feeling well.
You've really captured the start of spring. Great shots.
Hugs,
Anna

Ces said...

HAHAHAHAHA! I am imagining you. I need to walk too. I ate three oranges. Ugh!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well, Ces.....after the DR. visit....I will be walking a LOT, little SALT, different MED.....and I took him cookies too!!!
I knew I had gained weight but, OY. Not quite what I expected.
We'll see when I am in 6 weeks when I do the follow up.....
I really hate dieting. >:(

XXOO!!
Anne

Marie S said...

Gorgeous pictures Anne. The bark one is really beautiful.
Hurry Spring Anne wants you!!


Wow Anne, I love DeMeng. What a compliment. His work is amazing! I love spooky.
Oh no, that gives me another idea, thank you Anne.

Vicki~TheMiddleSister said...

Spring has sprung!

kj said...

manohman, i came here to tell you i think you are a fun w.a. (related to lmao) but instead i am distracted by this charming and hopeful post.

nice to meet you, ma'am. please be stopping by anytime you'd like to get into trouble.


kj

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey MArie,

Glad you love his work....I'm never sure with people; it's a love or hate thing I think.
Will be anxious to see what you produce!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Vicki!

At least the pollen portion has sprung.....I'm still wheezing like a broken down concertina! LOL!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey kj!

You know not what you ask for!!! >:)
LOL!!!!!
I shall have to do that....I am sure mischief shall abound!

XXOO!!
Anne

Susie Jefferson said...

The peeling tree bark and the buds! Hooray! Spring has SPRUNG.

We've got a resident robin - very agressive re territory, and collecting nesting material like mad. Totally fearless - my husband was throwing down some bits of bread and the robin was there even before he finished... and a little later, was facing off two fat woodpigeons around 6 times his size.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Susie!

We have the same problem with robins here, except they want to nest in our porch lights, and I always have to take the bits out before they get a nest built.
Sometimes I think I'll be wearing a dive bombing robin in my head....they're just MEAN anymore! (funny, but ornery!)

XXOO!!
Anne

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