Five Shots: Spring Tease

Are you tired of the dead hues of winter? Me, too. Here are five shots + two of spring with hope it cheers you up. Which one do you like best?

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1. Lilacs in a Shadow
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2. Sprouts on a Branch
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3. A Pair of Monarchs
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4. A Hairy Yellow Friend
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5. An Atypical View
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6. A Thirsty Hummingbird
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7. Pink Lilacs

46 thoughts on “Five Shots: Spring Tease

  1. I can almost smell the lilacs! Lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Susanne. Me, too! Won’t be long….

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  2. Something to look forward to, as we bail out the rain and mud over here in LaLa Land this winter. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yeah, stay dry, Michael! We have your rain over here in AZ. Dreary, soggy mess.

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  3. Nice series of photos! I really liked #4 πŸ™‚

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    1. Ta, Dan. Anything to help us remember that spring is around the bend.

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      1. True πŸ™‚ Still, capturing a moment like that reminds me of the awe of childhood, for example. At looking at things in a whole new way. Stop and smell the flowers, right… or should I say, stop and look at the butterflies (like the first time). Thanks for that. Not that you intended it to be so melancholy hehehe πŸ˜‰ I like these photo series. Looking forward to the next one.

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        1. Hi Dan. I enjoy looking at photos out of season. They are pungent and I appreciate the season more when I’m not in it. πŸ˜‰

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          1. Hmm. Really interesting observation. I see what you mean πŸ™‚

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  4. Sunny and very cold here today, for a change.
    The photos are all good, and I was tempted by the butterflies. But I am sticking with the first one, Lilacs In A Shadow, as I like the out of focus background, and the soft colours.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Hiya, Pete! Thanks, mate. It’s a very English day here in AZ today. Storms from CA drifted over and it has been dreary and wet and gray for the last couple days and more days to follow.

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  5. 6 I think. The colours work really well.

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    1. I liked the silhouette of the Diane Hummingbird. Thanks for the vote, Alex.

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  6. Monarch butterflies are so beautiful. Great captures!

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    1. Hi Tom. My favorite bush is the lilac. I love the smell and was surprised out here in NC AZ that they grow well. We have an early spring, it’s not happening yet, but soon, the lilacs will consider opening. There’s not a better fragrance in the world.

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  7. Rafael del Casal January 20, 2017 — 5:17 pm

    I love the hairy yellow friend, Cindy!

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    1. Hi Rafael! Thanks for your consideration. I love that shot. What a sublime creature.

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  8. Now if only I could smell those lilacs ☺Spring is my favorite time of year and fortunately it visits the desert early!

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    1. Yes, I dare not complain;it arrives at least a month earlier than my family in Illinois or Virginia.

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  9. Probably going to be awhile here, but I have high hopes for the crocuses and snowdrops I planted last Fall.

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    1. Hi John, so delicate and shy — 2 cheery things to look forward to. Good luck with them John.

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  10. The butterly shots are beautiful – bravo!

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    1. I stood a long time hunched over them. They wouldn’t sit still. Thanks, John.

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  11. #4 is my favourite. I don’t think they are Monarchs which are orange. I would say they are some type of Swallowtail. Lovely creatures anyway. As Shakespeare said.. “A rose by any other name……”

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    1. Well, whattaya know. You are quite right, John. It’s not a monarch. It’s a “Papilio glaucus”, a Tiger Swallowtail.

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  12. Beautiful and crisp, love all the color. I’m in Florida on a long vacation. And enjoy some color myself;)

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    1. Kim, good for you! I am craving water. Glad you are surrounded by it.

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  13. These great pictures will get us all looking forward to spring. I think the thirsty humming bird is nice πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Paul. Just a silhouette, but I liked the branch cutting across the picture and the hills in the background. Thank you!

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  14. The beautiful swallowtail butterfly is my fave, we don’t have them here, except in captivity.

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    1. Oh, wow! I didn’t know that. They are all over the place, here.

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  15. A hairy yellow friend is an interesting crop

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    1. Thank you, Derrick. All my British blogging-friends seem to like it; I am guessing because it’s not native to England. You have birds and flowers that seem quite foreign to me which is why I enjoy your blog.

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  16. Cindy, that is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent in photography with us.

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    1. Well, sure, Ian. I’m glad you liked them!

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  17. Nothing like the first bloom of spring.

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  18. Ahhhh… I live vicariously through your pics as it’s so damp and dreary here. Love these colors!

    P.S. I’ve decided to do a quick post about the reading, though you’ve heard it first πŸ˜‰

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    1. It is a cool accomplishmemt. You are inspirational.

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      1. It’s up now, complete w/ more photos πŸ™‚

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  19. The daffodils are already up on Vancouver Island. They get Spring about 2 months earlier than us prairie folks.
    One month to go.

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    1. Wow! I have been daydreaming of going to VI in July.

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    1. Welcome, Maverick. Thanks for the kind words and the follow.

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  20. Such lovely photos…hard to choose a favorite, but for me its a toss up between the first (love the details and lilac) and the hummingbird (I’m biased though because I love hummingbirds and the surrounding desert view.) Thanks for all the color…I can’t wait for spring to arrive!

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    1. Welcome, thank you! Soon our lilacs will start blooming. Not too much longer.

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