March 13, 2010

Last Traces...

The days have became significantly warmer and thus our snow is slowly, but surely melting. As soon as the vital spring rays hit the remains of the old, white, icy precipitation, it turns slowly into small streams of liquid, collecting in pools here and there.

The magic of the sun is reflected in all the spring plants that grow taller by each day. My very first crocus is almost in bloom, flaunting its blue crown, standing tall and majestic. So delicate, yet so strong, this first flower of spring holds my outermost admiration.

While Lady Winter packs her bags, preparing to pass the reign over to Lady Spring, there is also a slight melancholy connected to the vanishing of the snow. As its inner most layers are exposed with the last thaw, bringing back fallen autumn leaves, I recognize in it the first snow that fell some ninety days ago. That magical first snow, that brought us our white Christmas and transferred the dull, grey landscape into an enchanted fairytale.

As I relish in all the joy and renewal that is so palpable in the air with the changing of the seasons, I still pause a moment to reflect over our departing winter; a unique one and a magnificent one in every way.


Anonymous said...

Lovely post and images! Wishing you a joyful weekend!

S. Susan Deborah said...

Dear Zuzana:

Voila! Spring is here. Zuzana's and the little kitty's wait is gradually ending.

Warm sunshine and gurgling springs to you.

Revel in the changes dear Zuzana.

Joy always,

Margie said...

Oh, that beautiful little croucus made me smile!
It's so lovely and delicate!

I love each seasonn of the year and cannot wait for spring but like you dear Zuzana I feel somewhat sad to see the snow leave.
The white beauty of the snow so often takes my breath away!

But, while the snow is still here I intend to simply enjoy it!

Such gorgeous pics!
Thanks for sharing them.

Loved this post!

Enjoy your weekend!
Oh, I send you greetings from Beautiful Moab as that's where I am for a few days.
The beauty here is incredible!

Margie :)

Anonymous said...

Winter is my favorite season and, when she's gone, I will miss her a lot. I live in Wisconsin, so we still have a month of potential blizzard weather. However, I've looked at next weeks temperatures and snow seems next to impossible.

Have a good weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

the crocus is such a beautiful, rich color. So refreshing after the stark, white winter. I like the idea of lady winter packing her bags and passing the seasonal torch on to lady spring. But we know she will return again.

Mike Minzes said...

Spring is here!!!! Yay!

Brian Miller said...

wonderful...the weather has been gorgeous here this week...well it rained hard last night but...i went out and walked today and it changed my entire mood. happy saturday!

sprinkles said...

It's nice to finally patches of color after all that white winter snow, I'll bet!

I love the idea of Lady Winter passing the reigns over to Lady Spring, just wish she'd hurry it up already! This past week was cold and windy and today we had a touch of snow. I'm ready for the warm spring weather already!

Nessa said...

I am s jealous your crocus are peeking out. Talking about your Ladies made me think of the story The Snow Queen.

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Elizabeth said...

Yes, the sun has brought her warmth today. The clothes of King Winter are slowly disappearing. Time to embrace a new season. A season of fresh air, sun and growth.

Hope you had a lovely day and thank you for your beautiful post.

Sumandebray said...

So .. happy days are back again!
Njoy till it lasts

Sukanya said...

Hey Zuzana..

This is the first time I'm stopping by your site and guess what, I just recently wrote about the season change but in my post, the baton is passed from Mr.Winter to Lady Spring :).. I'm as much waiting for the Spring as you are:) Check my post if you are interested :)

Take care and I'm definitely checking you from now on :)


J Cosmo Newbery said...

There is a world of difference between warm and warmer.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Thank you for the link to my Modicum of Whimsey site. it is my proudest achievement.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

So glad to see that you ae finally seeing signs of spring. Isn't it great? I've started getting my garden planted which is why or one reason why my post have not been as frequent. I appreciate you keeping track of my blog and your wonderful comments- Johnina :^D

Haddock said...

Yes nothing like a warm sunny day.

Keera Ann Fox said...

Whereas we got more snow again last night. :-/

Kat_RN said...

Once again, your sentiments mirror my own. I love the changing seasons. Spring is my favorite, but there is much I will miss about winter. I think winter is Mother Nature's way of making us slow down and take a break.
We will celebrate St.Patricks day on March 17th so be sure to give your Irishman a kiss.

Arti said...

Hi Zuzana
really nice..awesome pic.its really sunny and hot here in India

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. It is good to see the signs of spring.

Lynne said...

Lovely thoughts.

Kath said...

I have just come back from a short trip to my caravan in somerset and spring was definately in the air, with lambs in the fields, sun in the sky and buds on the trees1

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You are a poet!!! Your prose is exquisite...I loved the way you described the crocus: "My very first crocus is almost in bloom, flaunting its blue crown, standing tall and majestic." And your photography, as always, is simply beautiful! ~Janine XO

Donna said...

Beautiful post and photos.


Anonymous said...

aaahhh yes, Spring is springing!
:) The Bach

Vagabonde said...

I think you are right – Spring is here and Winter is moving out of the way. Your lovely collage shows the process via lovely images.

Rustique Gal said...

Zuzana, what a lovely post. I love your pictures too. I am sending my bulbs warm sunny vibes-Come on up, it's okay! We've had 3 days of rain now. The river is swollen and green is right there ready to burst out. I feel it in the quickening of my body. I come alive again in the spring.
Don't you?

Shelly's Style Shop said...

Great photos! =) Glad that your spring is finally coming. Your post is lovely and I can't wait to see many flowers blooming.

xoxo, Shelly

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Anonymous said...

Those Spring flowers are fabulous colours. Hooray for sunshine :)

Kata Wagner Berg said...

Why are you stopping? hope it's gonna be short stop!

Ps: I can't comment on the 1st post

Hilary said...

Wow.. you sure are greening up there. I'm wondering what I'm looking at in the second photo on the left.. is it a round leaf? Another lovely collage, my friend. :)

Margie said...

See you soon then!
Enjoy your break dear Zuzana.
Will miss you!

Margie :)

Claus said...

As I have always said: each season has its beauty. And though a long time with the same one might be overwhelming, it is inevitable to feel a certain nostalgia when we realize it is actually ending. But the joy of a new one, with its own beauties is something to look forward to...even more so if it includes beautiful sunshine!!!
enjoy your time away Zuzana!!
lots of hugs,

Jeannette StG said...

the crocus is beautiful!

Unknown said...

have a fun fun day Zuzana! and come back soon.

I am Denise Katipunera

tony said...

Be Back Soon Zuzana . X.

Margie said...

Have a wonderful weeeknd, Zuzana.
Miss you and your wonderful posts.


Zuzana said...

Thank you everyone for your always lovely comments and your kind visits, even in my absence.;) It was lovely with a short break and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by,