AS A WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER, I view the natural world through a creative lens. I appreciate the nuances that comprise the whole. And right now those details are sharp, vivid and nearly visually overwhelming (in a good way) after living for too many months in a monochromatic environment.
I need only step into my yard to take in the greening of spring. Buds forming and then unfurling on the maple.
Clumped, clamped buds about to open into fuchsia bleeding hearts.
Curled fiddleheads stretching, soon to unfold into fronds of ferns that wave in the wind.
Within the perimeters of my property, spring bursts in new growth. Tiny green buds line the thick wood stalks of old-fashioned hydrangea that will soon fill the spaces flanking my front steps. Red and yellow tulips jolt color into flowerbeds, among a jumbo of irises that will eventually blossom in yellow and purple, their sweet scent a reminder of my mother. Iris was her favorite flower.
Oh, how I love these early days of May. These days when everything appears lush and intensely green. Spring green. Vibrant. It’s as if every bright green in a box of Crayola crayons colors the landscape. And when the sky is intensely blue, the greens seem even more intense.
These are the days when dandelions pop and grass seemingly grows as you watch. These are the days, too, of raking away the leaf remnants of last fall and cutting back dead flower stems and mentally transitioning into this season we’ve been awaiting since the first snow fell.
It was an undeniably long winter in Minnesota with near-record snowfall, with teases of spring (even summer) before snow fell again. We are now only finally beginning to believe that we can put away the snow shovels, shove the snowblowers into the corners of our garages, banish winter coats to the back of the closet.
Every day of warm temps and blue skies and new greens convinces me that this is for real. Spring has finally arrived in southern Minnesota in her poetically beautiful way. I hear it in birdsong, in the piercing whistle of a cardinal flashing red in the wooded hillside behind my house. I hear it in the rhythmic raking of dried leaves. I hear it in the roar of motorcycles flying down my street.
But mostly I see the shift of seasons in the greening of spring, of trees no longer bare, but spreading in a canopy of green. Of wild raspberries stretching across limestone wall to latch into the earth. Of hostas erupting.
This marks a time of renewal, of hope, of emerging from the cocooning quiet and oppressiveness of winter into a world that feels, looks, sounds utterly and joyfully alive.
© Copyright 2023 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Happy Spring!! 🙂
Thank you, Penny. So happy to finally have spring in Minnesota.
This is such a lovely post- beautiful, inspiring, and so full of hope
Thank you. It was my first time using my camera since my vestibular neuronitis diagnosis. I struggled a bit with pointing the camera toward the sky shots. But I wanted to try. I was really missing photography. It will be a while before I’m out and about photographing. But it’s on my goals list.
Those are tulips. Smaller variety and rare to find in the US. I am guessing your neighbor might have purchased them from one of the specialized Dutch tulip companies or a green house there purchased to sell something unique.
Thank you for telling me those low-lying flowers are tulips. I would not have guessed that. The tulips you gave me a few years back have not emerged. Who knows? Minnesota winter?
They might not have made it through the winter…
That’s probably the case. It was a hard winter.
What gorgeous photos. And you are right! That green. So green it hurts your eyes.
Thank you for appreciating my images. And the intense green of spring.
Ahhhh – there is just something about nature that is calming – BEAUTIFUL photos 🙂 Our yard is blooming and popping with bananas, limes, garden veggies and there is plenty for the humans as well as the birds, insects, etc. to enjoy. We had a turtle visit the yard recently and hopefully did not leave us eggs (luckily we are surrounded by water). Happy Day Indeed – Enjoy!
I can picture your yard, filled with all that beauty. Baby turtles would be kinda fun. 🙂
It certainly is our happy place 🙂 Let’s us relax and recharge for sure.
This has to make you feel so much better to see spring blooming all around you. I love the fiddlehead picture especially.
Yes, this glorious arrival of spring has lifted everyone’s spirits. It was one long Minnesota winter.
Yes!! JUST came indoors from looking at my green things! So thankful.
Definitely feeling gratitude for the greening of spring.
Nicole loved these. She’s a professional gardener.
Oh, good! What fun to work with plants and be paid for it. So glad she found her happy place…in the garden.