Forsythia Yellows

Forsythia shrubs grow to various heights, typically up to 6-9 feet, with early Spring bright yellow flowers filling out each thin limb. Some people refer to them as “Easter Trees” based on the timing of their blooms. It’s important to get good sun light when making photos, back-lit seems best for me.

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The insect was a bonus. I had to crop close to get it. Shows the quality of the 55-200mm Fujifilm lens.

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Bring me some Flowers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In sum, every year at this time I see a wonderful transformation in SW Virginia, from ┬ádrab 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.