THE CHANGING SEASONS: APRIL 2016 – NOT QUITE SPRUNG

I thought I’d add a few pictures to this because this month, after a warm and springlike March, April commenced with two quite substantial snows. It killed the daffodils — I’m hoping not forever, but they just died under the snow. Surprisingly, the forsythia continued to bloom while covered with snow.

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Both pictures were taken on April 3rd, but it snowed again on the 8th. I was just too tired of snow pictures by then to bother to shoot anything. I think in heavy snow regions, we do get weary of the white stuff. By the time April rolls around, we want some color, not more whiteness.

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It’s beginning to green. Here and there. A few blossoms on shrubs and trees. The green shoots of flowers that will bloom soon. One single bright yellow tulip.

Usually we don’t see full leaf on the trees until mid-May, but I think it’ll be early this year.

Dam on the Mumford in mid-April

Dam on the Mumford

Nothing was blooming by the dam, but the trees have that fuzzy look that means impending green. And there’s plenty of water this spring. After five years of drought, it’s a joy to see the river full and hear the rushing of the water.

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Everything is poised for spring, but it has not quite sprung.

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This is the dam over the Mumford in the middle of town. You’ve seen it before. The white building on the left is a liquor store now, but was a small mill in its former life.

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And then, there’s our garden. The daffodils died during the second April snow, but the forsythia remained undaunted. The day lilies are coming up with a fury. The violets are blooming.

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It’s Earth Day today. My garden is ready to celebrate.

What’s this «Changing Seasons» blogging challenge?

Some words from Cardinal Guzman

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!


Categories: Blackstone River, Changing Seasons, Dams and Waterfalls, Gallery, Photography, Spring

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  1. Daffodils out in full array here in Central Maine. And all of the little shoots are shouting spring. Lilacs are leafing out a week or two early. Yay, SPRING! 🙂 ❤

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  2. I was ready to say that spring is my most favorite season in NE, but fall is too. These first shy buds and leaves and the water rushing after the snow and rain are a gift to New Englanders after the winter. The dam is gorgeous. Although you’ve pictured it before, it remains a beautiful sight.

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    • I need to find some new places to shoot. The dam is in the middle of town, so it’s easy to stop there. Kind of my “default” place to shoot. And there’s convenient parking. Of course now, with everything under construction, getting in and out of town is not easy anymore.

      The dam is always lovely, as are the other 40+ dams in the area. Lots of dams, pretty much everywhere 🙂

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  3. Love this month, when nature awakes from her slumbering winter. Everything is greening up nicely here – just need the sun to shine a little bit more consistently please 🙂
    And I love your little weir – looks so sparkly!

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  4. We are now having a harsher light as the sun is lower in the sky, but not many beautiful colours. Our autumn is not a colourful one this year. But it is getting colder, but we still have warm days. Lovely set of photos

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  5. Your Forsythia is out. That’s a sure sign. Peter cut back our Forsythia and I not sure he didn’t take out all the flower buds too. We shall see.
    Leslie

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  6. Beautiful. Spring time! Yes! Finally!
    I haven’t managed to post my April post yet. I was planning to work on it this weekend, because in my head the 20th is sometime next week… Well, today I suddenly realized that the 20th was two days ago! 😀 Hehe.

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    • I was waiting for your cue, but I realized that it’s already Earth Day … and it will be May any minute. I finally had a few pictures to post — not much because like you, I really haven’t been doing much shooting throughout March & April — but at least something. Our whole town is closed due to road construction. It’s not pretty. AND they are also repairing bridges (about time!) …and you can’t get from here to anywhere else without a struggle. What you see is pretty much what there is to see. A few flowers, some buds thinking about becoming leaves … and construction 🙂

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  7. Love your surviving tulip. Yes Spring is wonderful, you know the awakening of it all and a feast for the camera. Love the water photos, our river just flows, but your water dams or whatever are packed with action.

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    • Next month will be gorgeous. The lilies will be up, the roses will open …and the trees will have leaves and flowers. Right now, though, it’s pretty thin pickings. And they are fixing all the roads and bridges, so for a little town, the traffic is horrendous. We only have two-lane roads and they are working on both sides. You can’t go anywhere without the small town equivalent of gridlock.

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