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INSPIRATION: Final Countdown Until Spring

One day last week I visited the Art Museum and Planetarium in our nearby city. They are selling our Gardenscape book in the museum gift shop, and I stopped by to take care of some business. After I finished my visit with the folks in the gift shop, I took a quick walk around the museum grounds.

There are walking paths along a stream, gardens and numerous sculptures within an arboretum. Since I had a few other book promotion stops to make, I was not able to spend a lot of time. But I did stay long enough to get some shots of early spring bulbs.

These crocuses were blooming in a long, raised stone bed along with groupings of daffodils of assorted sizes. I am glad I took the time to photograph these small spring flowers, because I revisited the garden a few days later and they were finished blooming until next spring.

  1. March 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Oooooooooooooo! Book promotion stops. You go! And love the croci šŸ™‚

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

      I’ve been logging in the miles promoting so we’ll see what happens! The planter that these were in is at least 50 feet long and it is filled with all sorts of spring bulbs that will open at different times!

  2. Jo Woolf
    March 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful! I love crocuses but they don’t grow well in our wet garden. These are spectacular. I hope that your book is doing well!

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Yes this was a pretty little grouping…along with many others! We have several places that are carrying the book…just have to get the word out!

  3. March 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Oh these are absolutely beautiful!

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

      One end of the planter was filled with them along with daffodils. The tulips will be next to bloom!

  4. March 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    What a beautiful day you had… Sounds great this museum… I loved these flowers… Thank you dear David, with my love, nia

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

      The museum is really cool and the exhibits change quite often. The gardens are really nice place to go for a walk1

      • March 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

        I can imagine dear David, you did great with this post, you made me to meet with these beautiful things… Have a nice day, with my love, nia

  5. March 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    these are very beautiful. I love your close-up photos.

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Thanks My Beautiful, close-ups are one of my favorite ways to photograph the world around us!

      • March 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        Mine too but I can’t do them as well as you!

  6. March 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Such beautiful crocuses! As ever, you captured the moment so well.

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Aw thanks Saffron, it was such a pretty setting I couldn’t resist!

  7. March 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Again, fantastic flower photo, David. šŸ™‚

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Bob, this grouping was especially full. I have been so busy I promise to catch up on yours and others blogs!

  8. March 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos of the crocuses!! I love the purple with the white!

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Fergie, I love the color combination also!!

  9. March 20, 2012 at 4:23 am

    These crocuses look so pretty photographed en-masse. All the very best with your book David šŸ™‚

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Meanderer, this grouping was the largest that I could easily photograph…It probably covered about two square feet!

  10. March 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful beautiful photo.. The colors are so rich and vibrant.

    • March 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Thanks MD, there were a few other varieties but I like these the best. Can’t resist the purple and white I guess!

  11. March 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    They’re so fleeting, aren’t they, the little crocuses? But surprisingly hardy – I remember seeing some blooming through snow on my first visit to Maine. It seemed like magic!

    • March 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      It is amazing how hardy those little flowers are. I remember as a child my Mom planting them through out the yard to add batch of color in the spring. It was like magic!

  12. March 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Great perspective and pattern filling image, David.

    By the way, crocuses….in central Indiana I saw crocuses in full bloom on JANUARY 31. The only thing more remarkable than that was that BEES were pollinating the flowers that day. Yes, bees in January. Never seen anything like it.

    • March 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Kerry, Wow in January?? Holy smokes that’s way early! And bees too! I guess the time clock for nature has been moved ahead this year. It’s quite a bit different than last year…the earth does go through cycles and I guess this is one of them!

  13. March 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Such beatiful flowers!Lovely colour! šŸ™‚

    • March 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

      I love these little guys…the first burst of color for the new season!

  14. March 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Nice photo David, I have some of those in my yard too. However this morning they are under 8 inches of fresh snow. Winter is still holding on around here. Thanks for the warm outlook.

  15. March 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Thanks Gerry, jeez more snow! Outside of the fluke storm we had in October we only got enough snow to just barely cover the ground. There was no need to do any shoveling this year…in fact we used a broom to sweep off the deck! Things are bound to warm up soon for you guys!!!

  16. March 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Your flower photos are best viewed full-screen. When I clicked on THIS photo to enlarge it, all I could say was, “Oh, WOW!”

    • March 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Gee thanks John, When I saw these growing I said to myself “finally a mass grouping that I can fill the viewfinder with…and this is a low-res version!

  17. March 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    A wonderful series of flower shots!

    • March 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you Mufidah, I have this thing for flowers…guess it’s because when we were kids, my Mom let us plant a portion of her garden with anything we wanted. That probably when it all started!

  18. April 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Love the crocuses. I love the fresh colors of spring especially after the drab colors of winter.

    • April 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Jeanne, there were several patches of crocuses like this one. It really brightened up the woodland area!

  19. April 19, 2012 at 3:56 am

    wonderfully delightful and crisp … it looks so balanced and the colors are just right…the right amount of yellow and whites to the otherwise blues…the dark green counterbalances…there is something very right about this composition – I think this one would rank up with your best works David !

  20. April 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hey thanks Abu, these crocuses were in a raised stone planter/wall that is about 70 feet long and it was filled with all kinds of early spring bulbs. It was beautiful!

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