“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Tulips, Buds, and Bumble Bees

"Trees do not force their sap nor does the flower push its bloom." - Rainer Maria Rilke

This week bought warm days, more sunshine and tulips! All of the red and orange ones have opened, the yellow ones are still in bud but swelling daily.

The weather held out for the Magnolia by my gate and it looks and smells wonderful, in all the time we have lived here, this year is the best it has been.

Every day when I walk around the garden something new is flowering or poking up through the earth.


"The peace and beauty of a spring day had descended upon the earth like a benediction. "
- Kate Chopin


The beautiful cream clematis is promising much, with its abundant buds.
The watchful owl is keeping guard over them for me. :-)

Then this lovely moment - I was so excited when I managed to capture this bee in flight!


Mid week and my craving to be near the ocean surfaced again. I haven't been to the sea for years now and my very favourite place is over 300 miles and a five and a half hour drive away.

So to ease my longing we drove to the nearest body of water.... a reservoir! When you can't get to the ocean you have to make do.

"I was standing at the edge of the reservoir, watching the breeze draw patterns on the water. The thick white cloud parted to give a glimpse of the brightest blue sky.

Then came the transformation - a shaft of sunlight illuminated the ever moving dark water at my feet, dancing upon its surface like a million scattered diamonds." -
My Name is ZING

(Sorry I couldn't manage to capture that moment on camera for you!)

By the reservoir. - Who am I kidding! it is not a patch on the crashing Atlantic waves.


I hope your week has been a good one. x


Thought of the week
"What I do today is important
because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it."
- Anonymous



I am linking this post to week 30 of I Saw Sunday

Images and words - Susannah Bec.
My Name is ZING - where I capture my observations and moments of awareness. You can visit - HERE

15 comments:

Rinkly Rimes said...

Living in Australia, where we're heading for winter, it's a pleasure to peek into Spring gardens. (Sorry to say this but....... I live two streets from the sea!)

earlybird said...

Lovely pictures, Susannah - well done for the bee! And yes, I agree, water is water... sort of! nothing can really substitute for waves though, can it.

Susannah said...

Hello Rinkly Rimes, it is really good to see you here, so glad you joined us on I Saw Sunday.

Two streets from the sea. How wonderful, I hope you appreciate it! :-)

Susannah said...

Hello earlybird. :-)

Yes I was so pleased to get the bee photo, it was a lucky accident really, I bent down to take a photo of the flower and he just appeared!

Yes water is water and beggers can't be choosers...but it is hardly atlantic rollers!

Good to see you. x

Elizabeth said...

I've only been to the ocean once, but I too love to be near water. Just finished reading Anne Rivers Siddons' book Clearwater Creek, in which she says that some individuals simply can't breathe well away from the watery air they grew up inhaling. I believe that.

Wonderful photos, all,

Elizabeth

Jordan said...

Lovely! I love all the pictures! Great job catching the bee!! I caught a good one too! After taking about a million pix@ There was literally an entire bee hive in our garden!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70473700/8x10-honey-bee-photograph

Jenny said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Your garden must be, too! We worship irrigation canals as rivers, here in Arisona, so I understand your craving of water!

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Lovely post, Susannah. I live ten minutes from the sea, and we went down there to take some photos today. It was bitter cold!!! lol The sky was blue and the sun was out. Only spotted one crocus though, no other flowers at all yet.

The snow has almost gone and we're heading the right way.

Great photo of the bee!

Have a good week,

Paul

Susannah said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! I am afraid I have been delayed in replying to them as our internet connection at present is 'sporadic' - to put it kindly. ;-)

So good to see you all and great to know that I am not alone with my water craving.

I was especially struck by Jenny and the irrigation canals in Arizona, and that you Elizabeth have only visited the ocean once, all of a sudden my longing for the ocean is put into perspective. It made me think differently, thanks for that.

...and jordan your bee photo is great!

Paul, I am glad that your snow is finally going!

Thanks again everyone, your comments are much appreciated. x

Jennifer said...

I'm so enjoying the photos of your garden exploding! Spring has finally arrived here, I'm happy to say. Soon we'll have flowers too!

Susannah said...

Good to see you Jennifer, I am glad that your spring is springing too. :-)

TK said...

The flowers are beautiful indeed.
Have a wonderful spring and wish your spring blooms with smiles too :)

I am facing South China Sea now. I love the ocean too :)

Selma said...

I am loving your beautiful photos. It must be so uplifting to see all those gorgeous colours. That's what's spring is all about for me!

Susannah said...

TK, great to see you here, thanks for popping in! South china sea, noe that REALLY puts my reservoir in perspective! lol

Thanks for visiting. x

Susannah said...

Hi Selma, yes the colours are wonderful aren't they!

Thanks for popping in, it is always good to see you. x

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