Springtime

Spring is a lovely time of year. It’s still cold and it may seem that there’s not much to see, but if you look hard you can find lots of lovely signs of hope. Sometimes it can feel like it has been winter forever, but against all the odds, the spring comes again. Flowers start to show themselves even though temperatures still dip quite low, and everything begins again. In the last few weeks the Snowdrops and Crocuses have been appearing, as well as Celandines and Daisies. And the first few Daffodils too. It makes me so happy to see them emerging – little splashes of colour and hope, lighting up my world.

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Dainty Snowdrop covered with raindrops
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Snowdrop neighbours
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Golden Crocus seems to glow
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Delicate lilac Crocus with beautifully contrasting stamens
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Bright orange stigma and stamens
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Celandine like a drop of sunshine
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Humble Daisy
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Elegant Daffodil

This post was inspired by springtime and by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds.

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Spring will come

When I’m feeling down, when all I can see is endless pain and weariness, I try to remember this.

spring will come

Regardless of what is going on right now, however bleak it may look or feel, things can and will change. Spring will come. Each year new life does return and that gives me optimism for the future.

As well as the simple optimism that I will, once again, have flowers and insects to photograph, and warm weather to enjoy 🙂

Over the years I’ve written about spring many times, and of course I’ve taken many, many spring photos, so I’m going to share some of my favourite spring photos and poems for you. I hope this will help with your optimism as well as my own.

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Green-Veined White butterfly on Stitchwort

waking

unravelling the frozen trails
unwrapping the misty shreds of cold
that weigh down our limbs
and our souls

gradually waking
from the heavy sleep of winter

we are breaking out
pushing through the darkness
into the light
knowing that days will be
brighter, warmer, fuller
and all will be well

this too shall pass

 

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Bluebells after the rain
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Honey Bee on Spanish Bluebells

spring

hope
returns
seeping
into roots
bringing
tentative shoots
testing the air

may we
allow ourselves
to dare
to believe
in brighter
warmer days
in lighter
calmer ways

being
breathing
blossoming
in the
radiance of spring

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Cuckooflower
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Unfurling fern

spring is here

spring has slowly sprung
with lush green leaves
and fresh clean blooms
ferns unwind themselves
testing air before unfurling
bumblebees hum the soundtrack
of the change in the air
warm sun glows through petals
lace and frills against the blue
with sunshine on our backs
and in our smiles
we welcome new light

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Elm flowers
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Celandine

fighting for spring

despite
winter’s
lingering grip
with frozen roots
and shivering stems
we haul ourselves
upright
to bloom
to open up
our delicate hearts
and show the world
that we are strong
we will not
lie down in the ice
and let it
trap us in its depths
we will not
cool our golden souls
but stand up tall
declare it spring

 

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Columbine
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Daffodil

Hedgerow Rebirth

You may hack me down
You may shred me
Tear my branches
And leave me for dead
But I will return in the spring
You will see …

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Crocuses
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Snowdrop

Spring Hope

in a quiet corner
down by the church wall
spring is emerging
sending shoots of hope
into the cold winter air
come, spring
feel our welcome
I am thirsty
for your warmth

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Hazel catkins

 

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic

Longed-for Reward

my longed-for reward
survival of winter brings
a carpet of blue

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”

waking

unravelling the frozen trails
unwrapping the misty shreds of cold
that weigh down our limbs
and our souls

gradually waking
from the heavy sleep of winter

we are breaking out
pushing through the darkness
into the light
knowing that days will be
brighter, warmer, fuller
and all will be well

this too shall pass

Spring Hope

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Spring Hope

in a quiet corner
down by the church wall
spring is emerging
sending shoots of hope
into the cold winter air
come, spring
feel our welcome
I am thirsty
for your warmth

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cloud

floating
     on a cloud
   in my

        wonky

   world

I dare to dream
      these pills
   could work

    I could be

  normal

    again

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I am me 🙂

I never knew
who me was
in terms
other than
mother, wife, worker
and when it came to the crunch
I was lost and alone
drifting
grasping at straws
seeking for substance
unsure of my place
or my worth
but step by step
I found myself
my passions
my contentment
making pictures
with words
and camera
observing nature
looking close
and deep
into this world
and into me
and when I wasn’t looking
love found me
this new me
this real me
and our love
is truer
and deeper
a sacred simplicity
imperfect perfection
and as the old life
draws to a close
there is no trace of sadness
only joy
in the newness
of me
and you
and us

that kind

and change
can be
beautiful
all glittering
with hope
and fire
rekindling
passions
and taking you
to places
you’d never dreamed of
let’s hope
it’s that kind
of change

lingering hope

I tell myself
no more moaning now
just learn to live with it
like others do
but until
the lingering hope
leaves me
I continue
to think
maybe
just maybe
I’ll get up in the morning
and it will be
gone

I almost welcome
an end
to this hopefulness
for acceptance
is surely better
than hopes crashed daily

I just need
to know
the truth

spring

hope
returns
seeping
   into roots
bringing
   tentative shoots
   testing the air

may we
allow ourselves
to dare
   to believe
in brighter
   warmer days
in lighter
   calmer ways

being
   breathing
      blossoming
in the
   radiance of spring

remember this …

when darkness falls
as thick as death
and all you see
is in your head

when ice surrounds
as cold as night
and all you feel
is frozen numb

when everything’s
impossible
and all you do
is just exist

remember this …

the light will come
hope will return
your heart will thaw
this will be won

your soul is strong
your mind is tough
you will emerge
transformed and bright

you’re not the dark
you’re not the ice
they are not you
be free, take flight


this isn’t everything you are
breathe deeply in the silence
no sudden moves
this isn’t everything you are
just take the hand that’s offered
and hold on tight
this isn’t everything you are
there’s joy not far from here
I know there is
this isn’t everything you are

Snow Patrol – This Isn’t Everything You Are