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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Springtime at home in the U.P.: A series of signs: Part TWO

This is the second of my series of glimpses of spring in
the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan.

I love seeing the spring unfold here
every year
after our long winters.

These marsh marigolds grow all over here, especially in or around wetlands. They are commonly called "cowslips":

A little wildflower in the woods.
I am too lazy today to look up their name!:

Cherry blossoms on the branches:

A bird's nest:

I love it when my tulips open wide
we can see all the wonderful interiors:

The walkway to our front door
is paved with tulips
every spring:
(Just ignore the long grass next to the tulips...we mowed the next day, HONEST!!)

One of my favorite tulips for its color combination:

And creeping phlox!
Another one of my favorite spring flowers!:

Stay tuned for some future posts
of some more
signs of spring in the U.P.
which I will continue to share
with all of you....

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Alan Burnett said...

Brilliant photographs. Such a richness of colour.

Brian Miller said...

the flowers are gorgeous...esp that tulip...i can smell all of these...and they leave me with smiles...

DJan said...

Gorgeous shots, as usual! I love the tulips, which are all gone in these parts.

The Retired One said...

Alan: Thanks, Mate!

Brian: Thank goodness I can give you smiles for a change...with all your wonderful descriptive writing and the wonder it brings, I owe you THAT.

DJan: mostly all gone here too...we were gone to Florida for most of the blooming of my yard of them. I have a few left in the shade that are ending still.

rainfield61 said...

You simply missed the fun by finding just an empty nest.

From the Kitchen said...

Hello Retired One: I can see you have a passion for photography! Lovely!! I retired when our first child was born. He's now 30! My husband, however, plans to retire next month.

I've just become a "follower".

Please stop by for a visit when you have a chance.


Shelley said...

Looking at all your beautiful flower photos is reminding me that I need to get planting at the cabin! Perhaps this weekend! I also have to see if I can find a good landscape photo I've taken recently. Lately I've been obsessed w/ the Loons - lol!!

Loree said...

What beautiful tulips ... and phlox. Enjoy ALL the signs of spring.

Bernie said...

Beautiful photos Joan, gotta say the tulips are my absolute favorite.
So glad to be able to open your wonderful blog today, I miss you when I don't get to admire your wonderful work......:-) Hugs

Gail Wilson said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful spring with us. We are still waiting for ours to must be lost in the mail somewhere!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful photos! Your little wildflower is Spring Beauty or Claytonia virginica, she is very pretty! :)

Ann said...

What gorgeous flowers. Their colors are just beautiful and I love your tulip bed!!!

RNSANE said...

I'm just now getting around to looking at your lovely photos at 11PM tonight...perhaps that will make me dream of beautiful flowers and happy things. I need something to help me sleep a little better!

Rick (Ratty) said...

Great stuff! I think I really like the cherry blossoms and the marigolds a lot.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Love seeing all of your Spring beauty, Joan. The Tulips especially are my favorites.. That 'multi' one is gorgeous!!!

The Retired One said...

Rainfield: True enough! I am not always as lucky as you to find baby birds!! ha

From the Kitchen: Thanks! How wonderful! A new made my day. I will stop by soon to your blog too!

Shelley: Can't wait to see what you enter into the landscape photo contest!

Loree: Always!! And then, I will enjoy the signs of summer too. ha

Bernie: I am always happy to get a comment from you too! I haven't been reading blogs over the last few days because Kim, Nick and baby Nicholas drove up from Florida to visit!!!! I have been holding the baby all day and all night. ha

Mistaya: I hope Spring found you lilacs are in full bloom now and I smell them all over the lawn!

Far Side: Thanks! I couldn't remember the name of the Spring Beauty! As soon as I read your comment I said "that is right, how could I forget?" ha.

Ann: Thanks so much. I love the shock of color the tulips bring after a white, white winter!

RNSane: Glad I could help!!! Also, get some lavendar scented candles and sleep, sleep sleep. ha

Ratty: Thanks so much! I love all the spring flowers so much. Right now, my lilacs are in bloom....I inhale deep!

Betsy: Thanks so much...we are really behind Tennessee, aren't we???

Jientje said...

What a beautiful post! Spring is my favorite season and it's beautiful where you are!

The Retired One said...

Jientje: Thanks...aren't spring blooms the BEST flowers???

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful spring flowers, I love them all. That's a great shot of the little bird's nest.

The Retired One said...

SquirrelQueen: I do too love the spring flowers...but they seem to die so fast and you are smack in the middle of summer. ha

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