Springter is that time of year when spring and winter compete to see who is going to rule the weather.

One day the sun is shining and spring is shaking loose with a rainbow of melting snow.

The next day, winter is back with a vengeance – fresh snow and ice make art out last autumn’s leaves

Still clinging to the trees in a display of perseverance.

A bud tries to unfurl but is caught there between seed and flower

Between spring and winter

Between hope and promise.

To get away from my icy pictures, please visit: My World!

(Don’t know about you – but I think this pretty much describes middle age too.)

77 responses

  1. Sounds about right! Although perhaps middle age could be more aptly described by autumter.

    We had another round of winter last night with snow and cold temps but at this time of year the fine days far outnumber the cold and snowy days. I can hardly wait until the temps are consistently in the 80s!!!


    April 4, 2011 at 16:06

  2. Good word, and you have caught it well in your pictures.


    April 4, 2011 at 16:16

  3. We got a massive snow storm, yesterday! It was sort of depressing!


    April 4, 2011 at 16:55

  4. “Springter.” What an absolutely perfect word. We’re having it here, too. I hope spring wins soon. That poor bud.


    April 4, 2011 at 17:25

  5. smiles. what a silly season we find ourselves in…80 here today and enjoying it over the 30 mph winds and cold of the weekend…


    April 4, 2011 at 18:01

  6. What a beautiful expression of the time in between seasons. Yes, those precious moments full of promise.
    And what you describe here is so typical of the month of April – that elusive whimsical month that has a difficult time to make up it’s mind.
    Stunning photography as always, so very sensitive end almost poetic.;)


    April 4, 2011 at 18:27

  7. “Being caught between hope and promise”…So many possibilities still to unfold. You have the magic touch ladyfi ๐Ÿ™‚


    April 4, 2011 at 18:50

  8. thanks for commenting on my blog, love your sprinter photos…


    April 4, 2011 at 19:08

  9. I liked the words you used to describe the bud fighting its way out for spring to come.


    April 4, 2011 at 19:10

  10. Riet

    Another beautiful post. Your photo’s are wonderful.


    April 4, 2011 at 19:11

  11. We are definitely of one world, yet on opposite sides of the globe!!! Today is gorgeous again and the snow is melting…yet two days ago we had some wind, some rain, some snow…and I expect it will be this way for a month or two!!! Lovely post!


    April 4, 2011 at 19:33

  12. Springter is a great word! How do you call the period between spring and summer? Springsum? Lol!
    Your photos are so beautiful!


    April 4, 2011 at 19:40

  13. I love the wonderfully glittering snow in the last photo – gorgeous!


    April 4, 2011 at 20:24

  14. Beautiful photos, but I know you’re probably tired of seeing the snow! Love your comparison to middle age! lol


    April 4, 2011 at 21:04

  15. lol! Yes, it does describe middle age pretty well.

    Beautiful photos, as always. ๐Ÿ™‚


    April 4, 2011 at 22:39

  16. You coined the right term. I hope spring prevails ๐Ÿ™‚



    April 4, 2011 at 22:45

  17. You’ve done a wonderful job of describing the time between Winter and Spring. Your photos are wonderful as well.


    April 4, 2011 at 22:53

  18. Hi Fi, I wonder what it’s called when you are past the “flower” stage (as I am…)? Love your capture of the ice crystals falling from the limb. It snowed 14″ here overnight.


    April 4, 2011 at 22:57

  19. Maggie May

    Although we have no snow, our weather is fluctuating from warmish sunny days to cold, windy, rainy days so I think Springter is a very good word for here too. Wintspring doesn’t sound so good somehow.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May


    April 5, 2011 at 00:20

  20. Al

    Beautiful photos. You could be describing springtime where I live – 72 on Saturday, then snow Sunday afternoon.


    April 5, 2011 at 01:42

  21. Beautiful focus and details in the last image.


    April 5, 2011 at 01:53

  22. I think you may have coined a new word..Springter..I love it..the word..not the season..It is snowing now..what fun. The last photo must be snow on a swollen bud..beautiful:)


    April 5, 2011 at 02:41

  23. So that is what this crazy weather is called!!


    April 5, 2011 at 02:48

  24. You take such lovely photos. Love the colours too.


    April 5, 2011 at 03:16

  25. I like these very much!


    April 5, 2011 at 03:16

  26. cherry blossom

    Springter indeed!
    And that last photograph is just perfect!
    Oh the sweetness in the anticipation….


    April 5, 2011 at 03:21

  27. so eloquently expressed Fi…it is springter here too…sunny early in the morning, turned to snow, then rain. Your photos are magnificent as always.


    April 5, 2011 at 04:14

  28. ยท The second one is a wonderful photo. I love it.

    ยท regards

    CR & LMA


    April 5, 2011 at 04:17

  29. Brilliant focus.


    April 5, 2011 at 05:51



    April 5, 2011 at 06:04

  31. The changing times have been captured beautifully.


    April 5, 2011 at 06:43

  32. Very cool shots.


    April 5, 2011 at 07:00

  33. Quite a dilemma to know what to wear in such a mixed-up season ๐Ÿ™‚


    April 5, 2011 at 09:18

  34. Brilliant and such beautiful words; need i say anything about your photography, refreshes me no end!!
    I love this phase of the season, Spingster,just like these shots… GORGEOUS!
    Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿ™‚

    My Yatra Diary…


    April 5, 2011 at 09:30

  35. your photos are excellent, gorgeous.


    April 5, 2011 at 09:42

  36. Ha ha… I see!
    Did you just make that word up? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Oh it’s not a sprinter who runs in winter?
    Or a writer in spring?


    April 5, 2011 at 10:00

    • Yup – I made the word up! ๐Ÿ˜‰


      April 5, 2011 at 10:02

  37. Lovely bit of word creation – and a positive look at an awful time of the year weatherwise. I wish I could see through the fog to a glimpse of some of that beauty you see. Roll on spring!


    April 5, 2011 at 12:00

  38. Have a magical Monday!


    April 5, 2011 at 12:20

  39. Oh โ€ฆ those in between times! There seem to be so many of them in life as expressed by your poetic words and photo of an ice-capped bud that is no doubt in shock.


    April 5, 2011 at 12:27

  40. Oh yes, Springter, new word for me. I wonder if it is a legal Scrabble word. Here in Oklahoma, USA, Springter is finally over I think.

    Great pictures.


    April 5, 2011 at 12:55

  41. JM

    All are beautiful but the shot at the bottom is fantastic!
    According to the weather forecast it will be 28ยบC today, it looks like we’re jumping into summer! ๐Ÿ™‚


    April 5, 2011 at 14:23

  42. Springter is a good name for it but I’m ready for Wing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great shots as always. And I’ve noted your POTW request for Wednesday as your recommendation. Thank you!


    April 5, 2011 at 15:41

  43. Great phjotos, I love the one in the middle. Spring coming through in fine colors!


    April 5, 2011 at 16:32

  44. Cool pics! ๐Ÿ™‚


    April 5, 2011 at 16:51

  45. That’s exactly how it is ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your pictures are wonderful!


    April 5, 2011 at 17:12

  46. you are a true inspiration.


    April 5, 2011 at 17:33

  47. Amazing work!!!!!


    April 5, 2011 at 17:51

  48. Mark Kreider

    My, my, my,such a beautiful blog, both photos and text. There is a vibrancy to it all. It must be a joy to have accomplished this fine work!


    April 5, 2011 at 19:00

    • Thank you so much for these very kind words.


      April 5, 2011 at 19:08

  49. Springter . . . I love it!


    April 5, 2011 at 19:12

  50. Yes, these days in Sweden may be colder than I care for, but they are certainly pretty!


    April 5, 2011 at 19:50

  51. I love the warm light of these photos, you have a good eye for details!

    thank you and happy evening!


    April 5, 2011 at 21:07

  52. MT

    heeeheeee – springter! Is that what this is! ๐Ÿ˜€

    So far, we’ve been very lucky here in Hรคrnรถsand. You saw the butterfly I snapped a photo of yesterday… Right now it’s raining – hopefully it will help melt away the deepest snow in Sweden! GO SPRING!


    April 5, 2011 at 21:26

  53. Brilliant photos…Hi Lady Fi…I gave you a short hello under your Who Am I section.
    Cheers! Sophie’s Dad Ron


    April 5, 2011 at 21:46

  54. Stunning photos. Great Blog. ๐Ÿ™‚


    April 6, 2011 at 01:00

  55. Beautiful pictures. I love all of them


    April 6, 2011 at 02:27

  56. Lew

    Old man winter seems to be having second thoughts about leaving. You have captured the changing seasons well!


    April 6, 2011 at 03:41

  57. Pat

    I am so happy to have found your beautiful blog though My World Tuesday! Your photographs are so lovely. I feel refreshed!


    April 6, 2011 at 05:40

  58. How true this post is for where I live. I will be remembering and using this new work (springter) for sure.

    I have been hopping around your archives and love what I have seen. I want to thank you for leaving a comment on my photo blog. It led me to yours.

    I know that I will be back and hope that you found something on my site to pique your interest and keep you coming back as well.

    My sister has been taking in exchange students for many years. Her first was from Sweden and fit in with my large family so well that she keeps coming back for visits. Because of Rebecca we have all come to love everything Swedish.


    April 6, 2011 at 06:13

  59. Beautiful photos. Love it.


    April 6, 2011 at 07:34

  60. you had more snow?? I liek the leaf shot but would have preferred a green one.:)
    The snow is almost all gone now, but there are still ice on the lakes.


    April 6, 2011 at 09:05

  61. Quiz!
    Why does spring come at the end of springter? Because โ€œspringโ€ can jump upward and forward.

    Then why can’t winter “win”? Sorry, I have no idea.


    April 6, 2011 at 09:19

  62. I am back to express my gratitude for your nomination of my post for POTW; thank you for that very touching gesture. Glad that my sentiments about *home* resonated with you.


    April 6, 2011 at 10:09

  63. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


    April 6, 2011 at 12:58

  64. stunning photo work, very nice i love these photos


    April 6, 2011 at 19:02

  65. lyrical

    and wise

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral



    April 6, 2011 at 21:14

  66. Thanks for the kind words and the visit.


    April 7, 2011 at 00:28

  67. Springter is a beautiful time of year and middle age and beyond is really a very nice time of life.


    April 7, 2011 at 03:36

  68. Springter is the perfect name for this time of year. I think it should be added to the dictionary!


    April 7, 2011 at 06:36

  69. You said it. Middle age. And Summer-Winter is menopause. Or should it be Autumn-Winter. Oh, heck, I don’t know…but I sure enjoyed your photos!!Beautiful!


    April 8, 2011 at 05:22

  70. yeah, we’re experiencing springter here too but without the snow

    love the leaf shot. have a great day.


    April 9, 2011 at 02:16

  71. I love the ice on the bud at the end. Hope springs eternal!


    April 9, 2011 at 09:14

  72. Beautiful pictures and… is that really a word or did you coin it? Perfect to describe much of the US too (not here where we are). And I’m wondering about your final comment. Maybe that’s why so many of us that are well past our “springter” have chosen Florida, where it’s easier to cherish the illusion that we still have a little spring in our stems ;>)


    April 9, 2011 at 17:16

  73. Spring is winning the battle in DK! To which I am SOOOO thankful!


    April 10, 2011 at 08:50

  74. YEAH!! You’re the lucky player who got us to 100 with these great shots! Thanks LF!


    April 27, 2011 at 15:37

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