“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all” ~Stanley Horowitz
It’s time to party, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, because the change in seasons is upon us…..the big one is right around the corner….SPRING!!!!
Can you hear me singing….lalalala. There is nothing more exciting than the arrival of spring so let’s kick off the 2nd year of Seasonal Celebrations with the coming of spring here, fall in the southern hemisphere and the dry season in the tropics along the equator.
What is Seasonal Celebrations? It is the time I observe, proclaim, glorify and dedicate myself to this new season. And after this cold, gray, snowy winter who wouldn’t want to celebrate, right?!
The gray days of winter are about to end as March begins. Sometimes in March we will still have cold, raw, rainy, snowy, icy days with howling winds, but the sun is out more, and we know the weather will finally turn into the warm spring winds soon. After all we can’t have brilliant blue skies every day, at least not here in the northeast. We have many gray days, but a warm gray day with fog or rain does not make me as gloomy as a cold raw gray day with layers upon layers of clouds obscuring the beautiful blue sky. And even though I know there is blue under the gray, I still feel a bit down and drained. But once the clouds roll back and the sun shows through, I get a burst of energy and some life back in me. Some of that energy is due to the Vitamin D our bodies need and are finally getting. And some is that gray washes out the landscape even more in winter which is especially energy draining when all there is for color is brown or white, especially white.
So no more thoughts about gray or winter because we are racing toward spring now, and all the artwork nature can paint across the landscapes. I thought it would be fun to turn some wonderful images of spring last year into paintings using the app, PhotoArtista. I have used this app on occasion to make beautiful paintings for my posts, and it is how I created my Seasonal Celebrations badge (pictured right) last year.
Every spring I am afflicted with a common ailment and one I welcome–Spring Fever! So what are the symptoms of this wonderful fever?
It presents itself with a light-headed and weak in the knees feeling that leaves me faint. It takes away my appetite for food, and I can hardly sleep because I am thinking of all the wonderful blooms I will see the next day. Surprises galore await, and I don’t want to waste time eating and sleeping for fear I may miss them.
And I need more air as I can hardly breath indoors anymore. The glorious fresh warm scented air is all my lungs crave.
So what is my cure for this spring fever….actually I do not feel I need a cure. But in order to function a bit during this season, I do recommend a few prescriptions besides allergy medicine.
My Rx is seeing and smelling new green shoots and sprouts, bulbs flowering in the sunlight and buds unfurling…what others?
Of course the return of more daylight, and the return of critters are important. But I long for colors and blooms after being deprived for 4 months or more.
So how are you celebrating spring or whatever season is upon you? Do you get spring fever too?
If you want to join in the celebration, check out the Come Join Us section below with all the details of how to participate in this meme.
Mantra for Spring:
I love the art theme I discovered in many quotes about spring. I think I will look at spring through my “right eye” or my creative side; the right brain. I plan to dust off the new camera and get it ready soon for capturing images throughout the garden. And as I wander, I will look, really look at the gardens throughout the landscape I have to ascertain what is and isn’t working. Careful notes will allow me to use my analytical left brain and merge it with my creative right brain. I think the merger will be wonderful for me and the garden.
Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil. ~Bishop Reginald Heber
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Seed Giveaway Winners
Seasonal Celebrations is a time for marking the change of seasons and what is happening in your part of the world during this time. I hope you will join in by creating a post telling us how you celebrate this time of year whether spring or fall or something else. Share your traditions, holidays and celebrations in pictures and words.
And it seems so appropriate to collaborate with Beth and her Lessons Learned meme. What lessons have you learned this past season of winter here in the North and summer in the South. Then tell us about your wishes, desires and dreams for this new season.
The rules are simple. Just create a post that talks about lessons learned and/or seasonal celebrations. If you are joining in for both memes please leave a comment on both our blog posts. Or if you are choosing to join only one meme, leave a comment on that blog post. Make sure to include a link with your comment.
Beth and I will do a summary post of our respective memes on the equinox (around the 20th of March). And we will keep those posts linked on a page on our blog. Your post should be linked in the weekend before the equinox to give us enough time to include your post in our summary. And if you link in a bit late, never fear we will include it on the special blog page (which I still have to create). The badges here can be used in your post. So won’t you join in the celebration!!
Next up on the blog: Monday will be time for an assessment of the February garden in my monthly Journal post. Then I hope to have something blooming for GBBD. Of course I will be presenting my Garden Lessons Learned too. And on the 18th I will have a special book review with a giveaway.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my most current post now. A new post goes up on the 5th.
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