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”

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

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love the juxtaposition of vibrancy sprouting up amid the grey

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color returns: variegated red stem dogwood, daffodils

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magnolia blooms reaching for the sun

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the same magnolia tree a few weeks ago

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This is it. Peace.