Pictures of Spring – Nature’s Re-awakening

Ahh…Springtime Flowers. A time of renewal, and new beginnings. Nature breaking free of the yoke of winter, and warm weather bringing about a re-awakening of dormant floral and animal life. There’s also an earthy smell, and a clean, crispness in the air.

This is perhaps my favorite time of year. Not only is it a welcome relief after several long and cold winter months, it is a source of constant amazement to see how nature renews itself. What was once covered with at least a foot of snow, is now sporting new sprouts, and green foliage everywhere you look. Trees that have been bare since the onset of winter are once again breaking new buds of foliage and blossoms. Their virginity unspoiled by pollution and the searing summer heat.

This hub continues my series of picture essays on each of the seasons. The Summer, Autumn and Winter hubs express my impressions of those seasons, along with photos of nature’s finest work. This Springtime Flowers hub is no exception. Each of these pictures represent a rebirth of nature’s floral beauty. Unfortunately, these springtime flowers are fairly short-lived, but soon give way to the summer flowers, which are equally, if not more colorful. Enjoy.

Forsythia - in transition - photo by timorous
Forsythia - in transition - photo by timorous

^ Forsythia

A hardy shrub which, if pruned regularly, will reward you each spring with a dense cover of bright yellow flowers. These yellow flowers last maybe 2 weeks before turning to green for the remainder of the summer. This photo shows the shrub in transition from yellow to green.

Lilac tree - early bud formation - photo by timorous
Lilac tree - early bud formation - photo by timorous

^ Lilac

Although it’s hard to tell at this point, these young buds (each cluster is about ¼ inch across) will soon billow into the more familiar large, dense clusters of purple-pink blooms (See my Beautiful Flowers 2 hub).

White Crocus - photo by timorous
White Crocus - photo by timorous

^ Crocus

Ahh…what would spring be without the crocus. They come in violet, yellow or white. They each feature a small yellow stamen. Crocus are one of the first flowers to poke up in the spring, sometimes before the snow has melted.

Forget-Me-Nots - photo by timorous
Forget-Me-Nots - photo by timorous

^ Forget-Me-Nots

Although they can become invasive, it’s such a joy to see large swaths of these beautiful blue forget-me-nots in garden beds and lawns everywhere.

White Tulip - photo by timorous
White Tulip - photo by timorous

^ Tulip

Yes, this actually is a tulip. You can tell by the pale green leaves. It is unusual for the petals to open up like this though. I don’t remember the name of this type …perhaps it’s a mutant.

Purple Sandcherry - photo by timorous
Purple Sandcherry - photo by timorous

^ Purple Sandcherry

A perennial shrub with dark red foliage throughout the summer. It sports these beautiful white blossoms for a short time in the spring.

Cherry Blossoms - photo by timorous
Cherry Blossoms - photo by timorous

^ Cherry blossoms

Nothing signifies spring more than the many blossoms that come out to face the world. These cherry blossoms with their intricate pistils and stamens is one of the finer examples of nature’s handiwork.

White-red Tulip - photo by timorous
White-red Tulip - photo by timorous

^ Tulip

Tulips are some of the best of the springtime flowers. They come in such a wide variety of colors and color patterns. If you want lots of color, a mass planting of tulips will do the trick. They’re longer lasting than most spring flowers too.

Spirea [close-up] - photo by timorous
Spirea [close-up] - photo by timorous

^ Spirea

The Spirea is a large shrub (about 6 feet tall and at least as wide). Each spring brings a mass of tiny flowers that literally cover the shrub. This is a close-up of the flowers. Each one is less than 1/4 inch (6cm). The flowers are also fairly fragrant.

Purple Bearded Iris - photo by timorous
Purple Bearded Iris - photo by timorous

^ Bearded Iris

Another of the glorious springtime flowers is the Iris. Their fascinatingly intricate striped tongue and yellow anthers are a sight to behold. The blooms stand atop 2 foot tall stalks above the spiky leaves. The blooms come in many colours: pink, burgundy, yellow and variations of these.

Trillium - photo by timorous
Trillium - photo by timorous

^ Trillium

Despite being the flower symbol for the province of Ontario, Canada, where I live, these are kind of hard to find in urban areas. So this was a rare treat to find this in my back yard, in among some goutweed.

Pink Magnolia - photo by timorous
Pink Magnolia - photo by timorous

^ Pink magnolia

Spring just wouldn't be spring without the beautiful pink blossoms of the magnolia tree. It can grow up to 12 high with a 15 foot spread. They're also available with snow white blossoms. The only drawback is that after the 2 or 3 weeks of blossoming, they make a real mess on the ground for a time.

Daffodils - photo by timorous
Daffodils - photo by timorous

^ Daffodils

When you think of springtime flowers, one of the first things that come to mind is of course daffodils. They come in shades of white and yellow, with a frilled, trumpet-like yellow center. It has become a symbol of hope and re-birth, and has been adopted by the Cancer Society.

Trees in spring - photo by timorous
Trees in spring - photo by timorous

^ Trees in spring

A lovely stand of trees with a light covering of new foliage. In a few weeks the tree canopy will have obscured much of the light you see in this shot. The brown leaves from the previous fall have yet to decompose.

A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.


Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.


And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.


For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.


Robert Frost

Welcome back, Spring

With another long and cold winter now behind us, we bask in the warmth and color of spring’s re-awakening. Old familiar birds come back to say hello, and serenade us with their cheerful songs once again. Though this newness is a short-lived chapter in the season cycle, it is a most enjoyable one indeed.

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sofs 5 years ago

Wow! those are pretty pictures indeed. I love the red and white Tulips and the gorgeous looking daffodils. Spring time is indeed the most beautiful of all seasons and strikingly colorful. They do signify life and hope after the long winter months. Thanks for sharing them Tim..it is a visual treat indeed. :)

Rate up and awesome :)


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Aww..thanks sofs, you make me blush. I enjoyed putting this together, almost as much as going around taking the original photos, and observing nature's handiwork. Thanks once again. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Thank you Sir Timorous. I've been hunting for the name for the shrub that is growing in the front yard... I remembered it to be a 'purple something-something'. Won't forget again 'Purple Sandcherry'.

Fabulously fabulous pics once again, thanks for sharing.

Hope you're well

regards Zsuzsy


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey Zsuzsy, great to see you again. Yeah..I'm fine. Nice to be rid of that long, cold winter eh? Do you have any trilliums around where you are? I've not seen any in years until this week.

Thanks for having a look at my springtime flowers pics. I'll see you around. Take care. :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi timorous, thank you for this treat! great hub, beautiful flowers, a lot of my favourites,Trillium is a new one on me, it's lovely and the open tulip is fabulous! voted up and awesome.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks for visiting, Movie Master. It's unfortunate that these springtime flowers are so short-lived. You really have to jump at the chance to photograph them while in their prime. Cheers.


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi timorous glad I stopped by to say hello and to see this excellent photography. I know from experience the effort put in to producing a hub of this quality, thank you for having the skill and for taking the trouble to do so. Best wishes to you.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

A good day to you D.A.L. Thanks for having a look at my springtime flowers collection. Half of them are new this year. I had a great time searching for these flowers and photographing them to best effect.

I've visited your website several times in the last month. Excellent photos and notes. Best wishes to you too.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

Oh my, timorous, I am glad that I stopped by this hub today! Your pictures are so captivating and breathtaking,

definitely made my day. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hello A.CreativeThinker, I'm delighted that you stopped by to feast your eyes on my springtime flowers. A labour of love, you might say. Also thrilled to have made your day. You may come back and have a look anytime you like. Cheers.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Hi tim - Gorgeous! And a happy Spring to you too :) You're so right about trillium, it's a rare treat to find one. We see them in the woods here in Georgia and I always thought they grew primarily in the mid to northeaster US. What a surprise to find out they are the flower symbol of Ontario! Thanks too for ID-ing that Purple Sandcherry! I was in Mass. recently and spotted several around our hotel. Always wanting to know the names of plants, I asked the hotel manager who didn't have a clue. Cheers!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

...and a happy spring to you my dear :) Yeah, I sometimes have trouble identifying certain less-familiar flowers and shrubs. Unfortunately, there aren't too many places on the internet to match a name to an image. There are a few gardening forums where you can upload your photo and have others identify it.

Nice to see you again, take care G.L.


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tracykarl99 5 years ago from San Francisco

What a beautiful hub! We have many of these in CA, including the white magnolia, but the regular, large magnolias are in abundance. When I saw the lilacs here, I just had to view your other hub - gorgeous lilacs! They are my favorite. Wonderful poem-choice in Robert Frost - the reference to the hummingbird is just precious! Thnaks for a lovely hub!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hello tracykarl99. Yes, some of these are very common, but just as beautiful as the more local varieties. Lilacs are one of my favorites as well. They smell great too. Thanks for feasting your eyes on the springtime flowers.


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sofs 5 years ago

Tim, the Spirea addition has made this even better :) I am voting this up and beautiful :)


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

So good of you to notice, sofs. Yes, the Spirea is quite a huge shrub if you let it grow to it's full measure.

Thanks for visiting once again.


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shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

This is beautiful!! The Purple Iris is awesome. Oh, wow I will be back again to enjoy this wonderful presentation of your soon. Thank you for sharing. :)


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey thanks, shimmering Dawn. The purple iris is indeed beautiful, just like most other irises. Come again soon.


Charlinex 5 years ago

Lovely flowers. I love the forest the best.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi Charlinex. Aren't they lovely though? That's why I like these springtime flowers...maybe more than the summer flowers. Thanks for coming by.


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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

such a beautiful Hub.............i have no words to explain.i love pictures most


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Nothing can compare to the beauty of spring's flowers! You did a fantastic job sharing that!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

mkrandhawa, and tnderhrt23; Thank you so much for visiting and enjoying my summer garden.


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Spring is my favorite time of year also! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and descriptions. Voted up and beautiful!


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Another great article in your series of garden adventures in 4 different seasons!

I liked your photography at close range, perhaps using macro settings.

This series of articles seem to be running parallel to my series on hiking with my dog and connecting with nature (wildlife, flora, mountains, rivers and water bodies, weather, etc.) in 4 different seasons. The difference is that you are zooming on one aspect that I like the most - flowers and trees.

You have beautiful photography skills when it comes to wildflowers.

Voted up!


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timorous 3 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much, Suhail. Yes, some of these are macro shots, others are not. Feel free to link to this article from your hiking articles. Cheers.


hari sahu 3 months ago

that is most awesome but how to do this


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timorous 2 months ago from Me to You Author

Well, hari sahu..just get yourself a camera, or even a good smartphone, and start taking pictures of the beauty around you.

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