Snow motion

May is a month full of the fragrance of budding flowers, the chirping of birds…

And of surprises.

Big, fat snowflakes fell last week

As softly as the petals of cherry blossoms.

They twirled and danced in snow motion for several hours.

Later on, the snow melted

Leaving the lips of flowers dew-kissed

And trembling on the tips of brave buds

Bid farewell to winter and ushered in the glory that is spring.

(Perhaps I can finally put away my winter jacket…)

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All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

69 responses

  1. Jen

    It seems the blogsphere is being covered by snow. It’s certainly the kind of surprise we don’t want to wake up to.

    But your shots are beautiful.

    Hope it melts soon.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


    May 16, 2011 at 16:50

  2. We had a full day of spring snow yesterday…resulting in about 6 inches on the ground today…

    The orange flower is especially spectacular!!! Lovely Bokeh’s!!!


    May 16, 2011 at 16:54

  3. for real? crazy!!!! bet it was pretty though to see the snow and the colors of flowers…


    May 16, 2011 at 16:55

  4. What a surprise, but how beautiful! And yes, it is about time to get rid of that jacket!


    May 16, 2011 at 17:09

  5. That snow better NOT make a reappearance as I’ve cleaned my winter jacket and packed it away, along with the winter boots 🙂

    But as usual, you managed to see the beauty in the snow, while I was busy shaking my fist at it. Lovely photos – fat drops clinging to the petals and those bright and defiant colours shining through.


    May 16, 2011 at 17:15

  6. Let’s hope Spring will soon make up its mind to stay for sure. This year around here, most days still feel like November.


    May 16, 2011 at 17:17

  7. You’ve not quite reconciled me to the current weather – but you nearly have!


    May 16, 2011 at 17:25

  8. I am praying we don’t get more of the white stuff!


    May 16, 2011 at 17:38

  9. Oh, my! Snow in May. But you make it gorgeous. I bet Oscar is enjoying catching snowflakes on his tongue.


    May 16, 2011 at 18:04

  10. The photo of the orange flower is gorgeous! We have had some winter weather here too. I nearly froze at my daughter’s graduation yesterday! It’s warming up nicely today but I worry about my plants when the days are this cool.


    May 16, 2011 at 18:28

  11. Your photos brightens up any bad weather days – brill captures.


    May 16, 2011 at 19:11

  12. lilalia

    Snow motion… can perfectly imagine this glitch in spring turning and whirling into summer.


    May 16, 2011 at 19:18

  13. You go from gray and drab to colorful flowers on the same day. Gorgeous orange/red flower.


    May 16, 2011 at 19:26

  14. I like your attitude. Instead of raging against MORE SNOW you are able to see the same beauty we all saw when it surprised us last November.


    May 16, 2011 at 19:38

  15. I hope this is the last of the snow for this year! It’s too late for such surprises. 🙂


    May 16, 2011 at 20:23

  16. Well, I suppose the snow can come if it just stayed for a tiny little bit and freshened up the flowers.


    May 16, 2011 at 21:11

  17. I’m not a bit surprised by that snow, FI – it’s the story of my life. My advise is to keep the winter jacket handy! That bright tulip is screaming for spring, though.


    May 16, 2011 at 21:13

  18. Snow in May…..that´s like when we get rain in August. Amazing!
    Love your pictures! Happy Spring!


    May 16, 2011 at 22:03

  19. This has been one stubborn winter for you northern types! Beautiful photos, though!


    May 16, 2011 at 22:05

  20. Beautiful captures!

    Even though it didn’t snow here, I knew that had the temperature dropped any colder the rain we were getting would have been snow instead. This past weekend we went rummage saling and many had winter coats,hats and mittens on. We are ready to pack them away too.


    May 16, 2011 at 22:32

  21. the snow spoiled most of the magnolias where I live so I was not all that happy about it. Your shot of the re floer is gorgeous.


    May 16, 2011 at 22:58

  22. Ooooh. We hardly ever get snow here so I get excited looking at it. Love the spring flowers and the cherry too.


    May 17, 2011 at 00:45

  23. Snow? Seriously?


    May 17, 2011 at 01:09

  24. “And trembling on the tips of brave buds”

    ~~~Thank you, Lady Fi,
    for your daily reminder about beauty & light when I am walking thru darkness.


    May 17, 2011 at 02:22

  25. It’s rather magical when the seasons get all mixed up like that. And it sure made for some beautiful photos.


    May 17, 2011 at 03:31

  26. That snow rattles my bones. Beautiful images!


    May 17, 2011 at 04:07

  27. OMG…the images would be larger than my screen size (and it’s quite large at that) if I opened them up more! I hope this is your last white surprise of the season!


    May 17, 2011 at 04:14

  28. Wow, snow in May is unbelievable to me, but actually we have been experiencing cooler May than usual here in Nara. The snow scene is beautiful and the orange flower with dew drops, too. Buds seem to be constantly swelling.. soon you’ll be delighted in the midst of sprigtime.


    May 17, 2011 at 04:45

  29. We had snow last week and I adored it as I adored all your amazing pictures!
    Simply breathtaking!


    May 17, 2011 at 05:00

  30. It’s been unusually cold here as well, but at least we haven’t had any snow lately. Your pictures of the blossom are wonderful.


    May 17, 2011 at 05:09

  31. What beautiful captures and words as always! After a couple of wonderful, sunny days, we’ve been back to lots of rain and chilly temps. Where is spring???? Hope you have a great week with lots of sunshine!



    May 17, 2011 at 05:32

  32. My winter parka has not made it to the upstairs closet is at the ready just in case I need it. Soon..perhaps soon I will put it away..and make room for a sweater or three. At least with snow in comes and goes quickly:)


    May 17, 2011 at 05:39

  33. There is a saying in Spain that says like this,
    “Until the 40th of May, don’t put your coat away”. So true, ha!

    Fi,I don’t know which of these photos is my favorite on this post. I love them all!!

    Keep warm!!


    May 17, 2011 at 05:40

  34. Ah, such a lovely way you have with words and images. (My winter coat is never far from reach. I need to see it as often as possible to keep hope alive for winter’s return. I’m such a weirdo – LOL!!)


    May 17, 2011 at 05:56

  35. excellent macros. the dew-kissed flower is exquisite.


    May 17, 2011 at 06:48

  36. Beautiful shots, full of life.


    May 17, 2011 at 07:02

  37. cloudia

    you rock!

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral





    May 17, 2011 at 07:33

  38. brilliant captures and super choice of words!!


    May 17, 2011 at 09:16

  39. Interesting to know that there is snow in spring and your pictures are splendid!


    May 17, 2011 at 10:09

  40. Härliga bilder! och du skriver verkligen vackert också 🙂 ha det bra!


    May 17, 2011 at 10:11

  41. a beautiful surprise and a wonderful look at your world.


    May 17, 2011 at 10:32

  42. Its interesting how spring comes at different times in different countries in the Northern Hemisphere Fi. You have a good one and enjoy it. We have had a warm autumn but winter starts in June and we are getting some cold weather today. – Dave


    May 17, 2011 at 11:15

  43. It’s a hardy species that lives in Sweden – flora and fauna:-)


    May 17, 2011 at 11:29

  44. Blu

    I do hope that winter jacket is stored away soon!


    May 17, 2011 at 11:47

  45. Snow in May! Here it is sweltering heat, but seems like it is going to rain today!Lovely photos and words.


    May 17, 2011 at 11:54

  46. Hi there – what a great set of pictures – spring can be so changeable – if you don’t like the weather, just wait an hour and it will be different – just as your pictures show!


    May 17, 2011 at 12:18

  47. even snow needs a last dance

    love your photo of the brave bud


    May 17, 2011 at 13:51

  48. Snow in May! Thats just crazy, but then again I live in a place it hasn’t snowed in the last 30 years lol. I really like the macro shot with the piece of snow looking like a comet.


    May 17, 2011 at 14:52

  49. Great shot.How impressing!
    I like these photos.


    May 17, 2011 at 15:07

  50. Absolutely poetic and so symbolic of the elusive Scandinavian spring.
    Love all your images as always.;))


    May 17, 2011 at 16:08

  51. Ash

    I love the snow-shot. It’s just ethereal!


    May 17, 2011 at 16:18

  52. Fantastic pictures – wish we can have some of your snow flakes, but alas, it is the height of summer here. I love your post title, too 😀


    May 17, 2011 at 17:03

  53. perfect captures! lovely tones! you certainly capture the beauty around us with your camera.

    that b&w is stunning as well.


    May 17, 2011 at 20:58

  54. beautiful series, wonderful all these flowers


    May 17, 2011 at 22:08

  55. Only Lady Fi can make SNOW IN MAY sound lovely! I would have been pulling my hair out!


    May 17, 2011 at 22:14

  56. Your snow kissed flowers are beautiful. We have had a couple of days of surprise snow this May. I love seeing the brave heads of crocus and tulips shining on the bed of white.


    May 18, 2011 at 01:50

  57. Maybe you don’t like snow in spring.
    The first photo, it seems as if petals of cherry flowers are falling. It is so beautiful. We call falling cherry flowers “Sakura blizzard”.
    Soon flowers will burst into bloom!
    Really spring weather is fickle everywhere.
    Have a nice day!


    May 18, 2011 at 02:12

  58. Snow in May–Mother Nature never fails to surprise us. Your photos are beautiful and your descriptive words are lovely. How creative you are!!! MICKIE 🙂


    May 18, 2011 at 03:23

  59. How beautiful! I love Mother Nature’s creativity in mixing snow with new blossoms, rather a foreshadow, not to forget that we are blessed with spring!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


    May 18, 2011 at 14:37

  60. We sat through two hours of rain/sleet/snow flurries on Sunday and it didn’t look nearly so pretty to me!


    May 18, 2011 at 16:47

  61. your shots are beautiful. Thanks for visiting


    May 18, 2011 at 17:50

  62. Spring is my favourite season ! beautiful pictures !


    May 18, 2011 at 18:28

  63. Beautiful — Winter’s last Hurrah! Welcome Spring.


    May 18, 2011 at 23:09

  64. Snow!?!?! That’s so not fair. Hope things have warmed up and will stay that way 🙂

    Love, love, love all your photos. They’re gorgeous.

    Cheers, jj


    May 19, 2011 at 06:26

  65. Your photography is esquisite, what beautiful captures! Gosh, I can’t believe you had snow, it’s summer over here! Hope it won’t be too long before you can lose your winter woolies!


    May 19, 2011 at 10:47

  66. This year in my neck of the woods the weather has been cool which the plants love…so the vegetation is prolific….I sure hope your jacket sees the inside of a closet now…fingers crossed!


    May 19, 2011 at 13:33

  67. Lars-Göran Nordström

    Det är inte så lätt att fånga fallande snö på bild så att det verkligen ser ut som att det snöar, men på din bild ser man det tydligt.

    Ljuvliga blombilder.


    May 19, 2011 at 18:24

  68. all are beautiful but the shot of snow flying is romantic, sensitive and different. CONGRATS


    May 20, 2011 at 08:04

  69. Beautiful series, I love the softness of the tones and framing. Magic to our eyes.


    May 24, 2011 at 13:10

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