Laurelhurst buds

Nothing says "Spring" like newly opening flowers.
Nothing says “Spring” like newly opening flowers.

Tara and I visited Laurelhurst Park a couple weeks ago to take advantage of glorious February sunshine. The park was lovely, as always, though not as advanced into signs of Springtime as we had hoped. I took plenty of shots, in my typical fashion, and nothing grabbed my heart until…these.

Reaching up hopefully to a weak Spring sun.
Reaching up hopefully to a weak Spring sun.
A tiny package of delight, reaching out to me.
A tiny package of delight, reaching out to me.

The light behind these buds and flowers is inspiring!

Has that ever happened to you? You are walking along, looking around, taking all things in as more or less equal contributors into your environment, and then BLAM! An incredible snapshot is framed ahead of you. Terrible when you see it without a camera nearby. But what a treasure when the Nikon is slung around your neck at that moment. Carefully pull the strap over your head without breaking eye contact with that amazing view, switching it on as part of the fluid swish of motion, since – for heaven’s sakes the “on switch” is programmed into subconscious memory by now.

And the greatest treasure of all: when the photos look as wonderful on your laptop as they did in the tiny viewfinder.

I couldn't get enough of the fuzzy flower buds. Tara was getting chilly, hopping from one foot to the other, while I was not aware of temperature at all.
I couldn’t get enough of the fuzzy flower buds. Tara was getting chilly, hopping from one foot to the other, while I was not aware of temperature at all.
Obviously, all the light and dark made me think of black and white.
Obviously, all the light and dark made me think of black and white.

29 thoughts on “Laurelhurst buds

  1. Beautiful shots Crystal! I so admire people who understand the art of photography 🙂 It won’t be long now for you – we are preparing for autumn, though the temps are still very warm the days are getting noticeably shorter…….

    1. Pauline, there is something delicious about the end of summer, isn’t there? It’s no longer blistering hot (usually), but still barefoot weather. I hope you have lots of lovely days still.

      Ours are getting closer! Trees are in bloom, the frost melts away by noon, and sunshine holds more promise than punch – but I’ll take what I can get. Thank you for your compliment on the photography! I promise you I am a lucky lady with a nice camera. I really don’t know diddly about photography, but I can see when I’ve got something nice. 🙂

  2. The sun glowing in the background really helped to light up the branches and buds, Crystal. I love the pinkish purple hues so prefer it over the black and white.
    I do use my cell phone now, but prefer my camera. It is part of our more deeper interest in art and creativity which makes us who we are. For us, we are still expecting more snow, not like New England and out East, but Ohio has its piles, today it was sleeting on the way to work and now, it is going to add some inches of snow while we sleep.
    Oh, by the way, I took photos on a gloomy Sunday walking home from the library of pussy willow branches. I have them on my cell phone to show one of my good friends, I have Friday’s with Jenny after I work a half day. She is a retired teacher…

    1. Do you ever force branches in Spring? That was one of my tricks to keep my hopes up at the end of a long winter when I lived in a snowy place. Cut some of the willows and bring them inside in a vase. They will think it’s spring and put out buds and then leaves.

  3. Doubtless… you’re a very good photographer, for these buds and othe shoots I’ve seen from you. Regards.

  4. The bokeh in that first image is so very lovely!
    We might shoot 70 images, but there’s always one that makes the cut and makes us so “oh yeah, my time was well spent”.

    1. Yes! Winter is losing her grip on us and will soon tuck herself up into a cave somewhere and wait for her turn again. Your part of the world is so very cold, I’m glad these photos gave you a little hope.

    1. Yes, I’m conscious of that when I post the latest spring photos. My friends are so spread around the world, I know spring is at different stages for many (and indeed, some bloggers are experiencing fall right now!). I feel a tiny bit of guilt for not having any snow like some of you, but I’m glad the sunny wildflowers are a welcome sign of warmer weather to come.

  5. You may not know diddly about photography, but you have a photographers eye. Some have it, some don’t. My stepson has it, my son has the tech aspect of it but not the natural eye. Don’t tell him I said that. Maybe if he loosened up a bit, but you take those perfect, natural shots. This one is beautiful. I’ll like to walk around there again after seeing these.

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