The first Daffodil of 2020 has presented itself for inspection. Because of unseasonably warm winter temperatures this year, there are many others showing their long, green shoots with small buds on top. We’re about a month earlier than usual in this regard.
When I put our Daffodil bulbs in the ground years ago I did so over a period of a few weeks, hoping to create a longer sequence of maximum blooming versus having put them in the ground in a shorter time.Years later we have some blooms sadly drying up with the stems next to go. But others are in peak condition. I’d say I have about a week left before I run out of Daffodil compositions. So, I’m going to keep posting them when ever I get a nice image … to my eye.
Details with 55-200mm Fujifilm lens.
Weeping Pussywillow buds.
Pear tree buds looking like little fairies, pointy head and eyes staring at me. I didn’t see that until I cropped it in Lightroom. Kinda cool.
Grape Hyacinth arrive early.
After a rain water drops remain.
It was a rainy day yesterday when my wife looked out the kitchen window, saw a small bit of yellow about 50 yards away across very wet ground, and alerted me by saying, “I see the first Daffodils!”. Just five were blooming. We have literally hundreds of plants all over our 2.5 acre yard. Bright green stems of the flowers are poking out of the ground in mass. Hundreds of yellow and white blooms will soon follow. With hard rain falling I made the image below while sheltered under the patio roof … with decorative ceramic squirrels frozen in their usual place. I needed more photos. But, not enough to get wet. So, I waited.
Around 1800 the rain turned to drizzle so I decided to make a soggy walk across the grass with a few muddy pools to dodge, and get at those yellow blooms that attracted our attention in the first place. The light was not good, so it was time to use the built-in camera’s flash.
Not satisfied with what I had captured thus far, when I got out of bed this morning I grabbed my Fujifilm camera with 35mm prime lens and again dodged wet places in the grass to get close to the scant number of yellow blooms. It was much more satisfying. Especially the last two images below. The tilting LCD on the camera makes it possible to “get low” which would have been difficult on the sloped, muddy ground, coupled with my creaky, aged body. I felt good when I finally got the photos I wanted to represent our first Daffodils for 2019. It brightened my day. Hopefully yours as well.
We have several Forsythia bushes in our yard, and they are now blooming. It’s a fast change from bare limbs, to small, bright yellow flowers, to green leaves, and then it’s just a plain looking bush. But, for now, it’s worth a photo or two.
Also in our yard (as I’ve written about before) are lots of also quickly blooming Daffodils. Right now they are all yellow in color, but there are a few cream-colored variety as well … but not yet blooming.
Not to be outdone, trees (below) are beginning to “bud” but that process is much slower than with the flowers. The most important aspect of this, however, is it’s a sure sign that Spring is near. (Aside: Well, maybe not “that” near, since possible snow is predicted here this weekend.) Waiting in the wings, so to speak, are numerous Dogwood trees we are blessed with … all over our neighborhood. My camera is alert and waiting.
In sum, every year at this time I see a wonderful transformation in SW Virginia, from drab Winter vegetation and overcast skies, to a variety of gradually unfolding colors sparkling in warming sun, with blue sky and puffy white clouds overhead. This makes me thankful for what we have been given. To overlook it is … well … not wise.
Each year in February, but never so early in the month here in SW Virginia, the bright green stems of one of my favorite flowers start pushing their way up out of winter’s ground. I’ve not seen so many in full bloom about our expansive yard, portions kept well maintained by hired hands, because my back and legs aren’t up to it any more. I’m mindful of that, but not so much when I’m walking about with camera in hand looking to see what I can find on a sunny day. My wife suggested I needed a special “Daffodil” post, so here you go.