Wonderful firsts

It’s always exciting to experience the first stirrings of spring.

And even though they happen every year, it feels as if I were experiencing them

For the very first time.

It’s magical when the ice finally melts …

Dog and girl

When the first patch of crocuses appear in the neighbours’ garden…

First spring flowers 2013

When we can finally get out into the woods again

Oscar trees

And witness birds singing on trees.

Tree and bird

Even the faded beauty of an old cottage in the woods

Takes on new beauty

Old door

And the old window

Reflects back a stately tree.

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. -Alan Cohen

Window with tree

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97 responses

  1. c.k. ledford

    Beautiful photos!

    April 29, 2013 at 16:05

  2. I LOVE those first stirrings of spring…when the earth is coming alove after a long winter’s nap:)

    April 29, 2013 at 16:13

  3. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    April 29, 2013 at 16:26

  4. Oh, your furry friend looking back at you in the woods…be still my heart.

    April 29, 2013 at 16:37

  5. dianecayton

    Love the sweet stripey tights!

    Diane Cayton-Hakey The most wasted day is one in which we have not laughed. http://www.theblueridgegal.com/

    April 29, 2013 at 16:39

  6. just awesome. brought smiles to my face.

    April 29, 2013 at 16:59

  7. Lovely presentation!

    April 29, 2013 at 17:12

  8. It’s always wonderful to see those first signs of spring!! I love the look on Oscar’s face! Beautiful captures for the day, Fiona!! Have a lovely week!

    April 29, 2013 at 17:18

  9. Love the quote and all your beautiful signs of spring.

    April 29, 2013 at 17:25

  10. Wonderful images! So glad you are finally thawed out and able to enjoy the great outdoors.:)

    April 29, 2013 at 17:30

  11. Po dlhej zime sme sa jari veľmi potešili. Pekné fotografie.
    After a long winter we are very pleased on spring. Nice photos.

    April 29, 2013 at 17:36

  12. daryledelstein

    so beautiful .. such a contrast …

    April 29, 2013 at 17:38

  13. your pictures are a treat to the eye!

    April 29, 2013 at 17:47

  14. As beautiful as your winter photos always are, it’s like a breath of fresh air to welcome spring.. especially when seen through your eye.

    April 29, 2013 at 18:06

  15. These are so beautiful. I almost feel like I’m seeing the wonder of spring through Oscar’s wise eyes. Love them!

    April 29, 2013 at 18:07

  16. These photos are magical! Thanks for sharing your Spring with us, does the heart good to look at these.

    April 29, 2013 at 18:22

  17. A lovely series of images there, I love that one with the stripy legs best😉

    April 29, 2013 at 18:22

  18. Those crocuses are so gorgeous! I love your photo of them. Looks like Oscar is enjoying the weather too:)

    April 29, 2013 at 18:27

  19. Spring truly is a magical time of year!

    April 29, 2013 at 19:00

  20. Hi Fiona, Spring is coming to YOU… That is awesome. Love seeing the pictures of the melted ice, the crocus blooms, trees, etc… It looks very different in a new season, doesn’t it?????


    April 29, 2013 at 19:08

  21. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of the stirrings of Spring in your part of the world. The crocuses are beautiful.

    April 29, 2013 at 19:10

  22. Eileen

    Beautiful images! The crocuses are pretty. I love the walk in the woods with Oscar. Have a happy week!

    April 29, 2013 at 19:25

  23. Beautiful tones and compositions, very nice photos

    April 29, 2013 at 19:27

  24. Awesome Springtime Lady Fi!
    Such a beautiful captures… love it very much…
    Have a nice week!
    Warm greetings from Holland,

    April 29, 2013 at 19:30

  25. You’re so right, and you’ve just put your finger on the main reason I love living where there are four distinct seasons – the comforting familiarity of nature’s cycling rhythms and the feeling that the beginning of each is always novel and new and happening for the first time!

    What a wonderful set of photos. Those crocuses (croci??) are glorious! And Oscar looks both baffled and pleased by the absence of snow on the ground! I love the pale green cottage door with the heart on it!

    April 29, 2013 at 19:31

  26. ah lovely shot of the crocuses….and the heart on teh door is very cool…it is nice that spring is finally here….smiles

    April 29, 2013 at 19:39

  27. you’re very easy to build stories with your photos.
    Of course, with your excellent photos.

    I have tasty tangerines for you in LMA

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    · LaMiradaAusente · & · CristalRasgado ·

    April 29, 2013 at 20:31

  28. Beauty, that’s another one. I love them all.

    April 29, 2013 at 21:02

  29. Exquisite pictures, I especially like the light on the clouds! But all are Cool!

    April 29, 2013 at 21:02

  30. Pat

    Beautiful – spring awakening!

    April 29, 2013 at 21:06

  31. Wonderful shots of the beginning of spring. I love new beginnings.

    April 29, 2013 at 22:04

  32. Lovely! Glad to see that spring is finally making an appearance.

    April 29, 2013 at 22:28

  33. I agree with you. Even though it comes back every year I still find spring a pleasant surprise. Many thanks for the wonderful photos.

    Greetings from London.

    April 29, 2013 at 22:59

  34. Jim

    The joys of spring! Lovely, Fiona!

    April 29, 2013 at 23:40

  35. Love your first sightings of spring!

    April 29, 2013 at 23:49

  36. This is exactly why I would miss the change in seasons too much to ever move south. :)

    April 29, 2013 at 23:51

  37. Always love your shots, but the variety is beautiful today! Really fond of that green board & batten clad building.

    April 30, 2013 at 00:36

  38. a wonderful look at your world. The crocuses are gorgeous.

    April 30, 2013 at 00:47

  39. I don’t know how you do it, Lady Fi. I love that first image – just gorgeous!

    April 30, 2013 at 00:54

  40. How wonderful these are!
    I especially love the little heart on the door.

    April 30, 2013 at 01:26

  41. «Louis» has been so busy between working and having his right ankle replaced, that he has been negligent in visiting other blogs, including yours.

    It is always such a pleasure to visit your beautifully done blog.

    April 30, 2013 at 04:03

  42. Perfectly inspiring, yet again:-).

    April 30, 2013 at 05:00

  43. Magical beginnings. Thank you.

    April 30, 2013 at 05:49

  44. So pretty and rejuvenating!

    April 30, 2013 at 06:19

  45. In love with all the pics… enjoy spring….:)

    April 30, 2013 at 06:58

  46. lovely pics of blooms! So delicate!

    April 30, 2013 at 07:16

  47. Wonderful images. The flowers are pretty.

    April 30, 2013 at 07:21

  48. Getting out into the woods is one thing I’ve been longing to do for a loooooonnnngggg time. Love the faded beauty of the old cottage

    April 30, 2013 at 09:21

  49. The first one is the most beautiful in my view. nice hues and dramatic skies.:-)

    April 30, 2013 at 10:50

  50. The crocuses are so colourful!

    April 30, 2013 at 11:01

  51. Lea

    Beautiful photography!
    I like the quotes, too.
    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    April 30, 2013 at 11:24

  52. Anonymous

    You have such lovely clear light to enhance the coming of spring, O most fortunate!

    April 30, 2013 at 12:31

  53. Love the pictures and the quote!

    April 30, 2013 at 13:03

  54. What a great image. The detail is also amazing.

    April 30, 2013 at 13:50

  55. I keep feeling how peaceful it is to love where you live LadyFi.

    April 30, 2013 at 14:27

  56. Indeed magical that the winter is gone. It stayed for a long time. We also have a Golden Retriever.


    April 30, 2013 at 14:53

  57. Anonymous

    Beautiful pictures! and thank you for sharing the quote:)

    April 30, 2013 at 15:02

  58. mtwaggin

    Amazing what a bit of spring sunshine does for one’s perspective!

    April 30, 2013 at 16:02

  59. JM

    It’s a beautiful set of shots but, of course, the sky on the top one and the crocuses caught my attention.

    April 30, 2013 at 16:18

  60. Lovely pictures! Hanne Bente

    April 30, 2013 at 16:41

  61. Lovely shots of spring! I like the old cottage door.

    April 30, 2013 at 17:06

  62. wonderful photos. those textures on the wood and tree barks are really stunning.

    April 30, 2013 at 17:16

  63. Beautiful new start indeed. I remember (back when we lived somewhere with real seasons) thinking that New Year’s Day really should be in early Spring instead. The crocuses (croci?) are amazingly beautiful and bring back lovely memories.

    April 30, 2013 at 17:36

  64. Wow ! gorgeous pictures !

    April 30, 2013 at 18:47

  65. Hi! What Lovely shoots!
    Trevlig Valborg!

    April 30, 2013 at 19:21

  66. Srunning colours!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    April 30, 2013 at 19:42

  67. Beautiful shots! There is such a special light! Great!

    April 30, 2013 at 20:09

  68. Great pictures.
    I am delighted with it!!
    Oscar also all interested. I love it.
    Best regards and have a nice weekend.

    April 30, 2013 at 20:15

  69. Delightful Spring images Fi …. those pretty crocus’ make my heart sing.

    April 30, 2013 at 23:41

  70. Beautiful shots, spring casts a soft warm glow on everything, making it a magical time of year.

    April 30, 2013 at 23:52

  71. Spring does strange things to your brain. It’s like a whole new world.

    May 1, 2013 at 01:08

  72. Al

    Beautiful – it looks like spring has really started there.

    May 1, 2013 at 01:13

  73. These are a treat!

    May 1, 2013 at 03:52

  74. What a wonderful series… Love them all!!!

    May 1, 2013 at 04:57

  75. Very pretty. I’m loving the new header😉

    May 1, 2013 at 12:08

  76. Beautiful set of shots. For some reason I loved the wooden heart on the door.

    May 1, 2013 at 13:32

  77. Beautiful shots! i love the doggy looking back!

    May 1, 2013 at 14:56

  78. imac

    Oh, how wonderful , a sight for sore eyes.

    May 1, 2013 at 17:08

  79. Spring really is like a rebirth each year Fiona, I love it so much also. Oscar will have as much fun running through the woods as he does in the snow I’m sure.

    May 1, 2013 at 18:28

  80. Lovely! So nice to see Spring is finally with you. Beautiful shots!

    May 1, 2013 at 20:40

  81. Gorgeous!!! Love these photos!

    May 1, 2013 at 23:07

  82. Three Cheers!
    Spring is finally here.

    May 1, 2013 at 23:49

  83. You’re photos are so beautiful, they transport me in a heartbeat.

    May 2, 2013 at 00:21


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    May 2, 2013 at 04:56

  85. Beautiful set of images, the first one is superb, very expressive!

    May 2, 2013 at 05:52

  86. Love them all, from first to last! I wish we had crocuses here!

    May 2, 2013 at 06:20

  87. Beautiful photographs, magical colours:) I am greeting

    May 2, 2013 at 08:17

  88. Oh you sure make me happy! =) wonderful wonderful photos! spring IS magical, I agree! =)
    so nice with the first photo showing the person streching out for sky, in her mind..
    and the beautiful spring flowers!
    and the heart on the old door, and the old house!

    and your dog waiting to sniff in the spring! juhuuu! =)

    May 2, 2013 at 12:46

  89. Great post and BEAUTIFUL images…. and what a great quote!!!!

    May 2, 2013 at 14:42

  90. Beautiful shots and an inspiring quote.:)

    May 2, 2013 at 17:23

  91. MadSnapper

    thanks for stopping by my blog today, your photos are wonderful. especially love the canine in the forest.

    May 3, 2013 at 13:43

  92. B e a u t i f u l.

    And I just adore Oscar! Xx

    May 5, 2013 at 19:34

  93. Beautiful photographs. As much I love your winter photo’s, it’s nice to see the return of the sun and flowers.

    May 5, 2013 at 22:58

  94. Beautiful photography- so many moods and expressions.. A wonderful show of nature!

    Foxglove Hollow

    May 6, 2013 at 20:38

  95. It is a such a good feeling when spring finally arrives isn’t it? Just think though, it wouldn’t feel as sweet had you not had the winter.

    May 9, 2013 at 02:49

  96. What a beautiful, beautiful post!

    You have such lovely images!

    May 22, 2013 at 02:42

  97. I am amazed at such beauty.
    It is a wonderful walk through the photos of your latest posts.
    Wonderful, I repeat

    · hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

    May 24, 2013 at 22:45

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