After the austerity of winter, the abundance of spring is exuberant. The trees have sprouted baby leaves in various pastel pinks and greens, and some of the orchards have burst into bloom. Surrounded by the backdrop of the glittering bay and the warm, blue skies, the bounteous beauty is a little hard to believe. Continue reading
Yesterday Jess and I ventured into uncharted territory on the Leelanau Peninsula. She had seen an all-call for area photographers to shoot the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner Association’s annual Sip & Savor event, and thought it sounded like fun. She asked if I’d like to join (plus, safety in numbers, right?), and as a non-drinker, I figured volunteering as a photographer was probably my best bet to see some of the Peninsula’s 25 wineries…and with an exciting cast of characters. Continue reading
One day it’s almost 80 degrees (27C), the next it’s supposed to be 70 (21C), but it’s really mid-50s (13C), cooling to low 40s (6C). Nonetheless, temperatures have stayed above freezing, more light streams in daily, and so spring dances ever on. Continue reading
May has arrived cheerfully, and I welcome it with wide open arms and a goofy grin. I was shocked when I checked the temperature this morning. At 71 degrees (22C), it was every bit as warm as it looked. Clear blue skies expanded overhead, and a soft breeze carried lilting birdsong to my ears. The patio beckoned and I answered. I quickly slathered on some sunscreen, and then packed up the laptop for a couple hours of morning work from the comfort of the back deck.
I haven’t danced the maypole yet (or ever), but I suppose that much of the work we’ve been doing around the house could easily be construed as spring cleaning for the May Queen. Otherwise, I’ve skipped any traditional May Day celebrations on account of I’ve never actually celebrated May Day. I think quiet appreciation of nature’s abundance should suffice. Any celebrations in your neck of the woods? Any spring cleaning – for the May Queen or otherwise? Any bustles in your hedgerow? Do tell