They are the first to grow their leaves in the spring and the last to lose them in the fall. Like a good friend, they are there for the transitions. Willows are known for their fortitude and tenacity to live. Gentility, strength, elegance, shelter from the sun…thank you, Willow.

I often walk around our house and marvel at nature, breathe it all in. Every season has its own fun, but spring makes me want to dance and sing and breathe a little deeper and smile.

Awake, thou wintry earth

Fling off thy sadness!

Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth

Your ancient gladness!

Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”


I treasure the sight of these blooms every spring; they don't last long!


love the juxtaposition of vibrancy sprouting up amid the grey


color returns: variegated red stem dogwood, daffodils


magnolia blooms reaching for the sun


the same magnolia tree a few weeks ago


This is it. Peace.