Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

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The climatic changes we experience during spring are sometimes soft, gentle and sunny.  Other times, not.

The last week of April brought violent storms with tornadoes, torrential rain, hail and lightening to much of our region.

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For many in our country, “spring” came with destructive force this year, washing out roads and leveling neighborhoods.

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We experienced flooding rain and wind, but were so fortunate that truly violent storms stayed mostly to our south.   April went out like a hungry lion this year.

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May first dawned muggy, with tropical air masses blowing up from the Gulf.  Storm clouds and hot sun alternated all day.

Dogwood petals lay scattered across the still soggy garden like souvenirs of the previous day’s storms .

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Soft warm  Earth yielded willingly to my spade, accepting the roots of transplants tucked into worm filled pockets.

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They will get a good start under cloudy skies, with more gentle rain coming in the days ahead to water them in and speed their growth.

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Spring, always unpredictable, feels more untrustworthy this year.  Perhaps it was the lingering winter which delayed everything for weeks.

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Perhaps it was the harshly hot sun which so quickly blasted the apple and cherry blossoms; bringing us from wintery overnight temperatures into early summer by the afternoons, before temperatures quickly fell back into the 40s overnight.

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This spring has a wildness to it.  An unpredictable edge which bears watching.

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Even so, beauty continues to cautiously unfold all around us.

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Spring can  never be ignored. 

The elements all in play, doing what they will, there is life to be celebrated and enjoyed.

 

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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 Weekly Photo Challenge:  Spring

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