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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” Sitting Bull

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH! – Food, Flowers, Fruits, Fun!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH! Flowers from my garden and other  locales

What does fresh look like to you? For me, it looks like spring and all the wonderful things associated with that new season. Today is the first day of spring and with it comes all the wondrous things we love about it; soon the buds will show their heads, the sun will greet us in the morn, and flowers will bloom in many colors.  In the first shot above, I created a collage of foods, flowers, fruits and more from different markets and places. The cheese rounds are from a market in France. The flowers are from my garden and the basket of fruit is from my kitchen. The veggies came from a local market (tomatoes), an upstate market (rows of veggies) and the colorful Adirondack chairs from a furniture store in the Rhinebeck region.

In case you were wondering why I included Macarons, read on. The Macarons are from Ladurée in Manhattan and they are one of my favorites places to visit for this delectable treat. I also love Macarons from Macaron Parlour, Pierre Herme, FP and a host of other bakeries that feed my taste for Macarons. We love spring in NY and to celebrate it, today is also Macaron Day in NYC. It is brought to you by Francois Payard to coincide with jour du macaron in Paris. If you live near enough to venture into the city, they are giving out free Macarons at a number of locations. Bon Appétit!


“The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.” Rumi


Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH! Fruits and Veggies on display at  Whole Foods

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH! Baskets of fruit in my kitchen. Veggies displayed at two markets.

Google Doodle’s First Day of Spring GIF

What does FRESH mean to you? For me, Fresh means the taste of fresh fruits, the sound of cool spring water, and the presence of early blooms. I look forward to savoring the clean air and birthing some new ideas. I’m glad that the joy of spring is here even though, outside my window, it is SNOWING! We’ve had a brutal winter on the East Coast and when day light savings time kicked in, I rejoiced. Why? Because people won’t be getting home in the dark at 5-6pm, and there is a spring like quality in the air…. For this photo challenge, I was tempted to add a shot of all the snow falling outside but, frankly, I’m over it. Spring time and flowers, fruits, veggies and fresh air outings are beckoning. I’m going to focus my mind on that.

I must confess that one great thing about this winter has been the presence of all the colorful birds that came to eat out of our bird feeder. The birds were great company and I expect to see more of them this spring and summer.  Would you love birds to hang out in your yard and sing songs to you in the morning? Put up a few feeders and fill it up regularly. Happy Fresh First Spring Day to all!

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“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” Erich Fromm

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH! Purple lilies  and Burlington’s Waterfront

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH! Laduree Macarons, La Newyorkina Ice Pop, Sliced fruits and a veggie stand

How could we have the word – Fresh – without some water?  without a La Newyorkina Ice Popsicle? I didn’t forget at all. The photo above shows the waterfront in Burlington, VT. The rushing water must have been local; probably during one of our floods this winter.  It was a reminder of how valuable fresh, clean water is to our planet. Yep, we had a burst pipe in town, and the water main to our villages were shut off to fix the problem. It was turned on after a couple of days, but I didn’t’ drink the water for weeks. I was terrified of bacterial poisoning… Let’s pause for a shout out to Charity:Water; an awesome group that works hard to provide fresh,  clean water to poor communities around the world. . Good bye winter and welcome the fresh goodness of spring! Wishing all you same. What are your plans for spring? What does fresh mean to you?

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH  For this week’s photo challenge, share with us a photo that expresses something fresh. This topic is particularly wide open to interpretation; you might take a macro shot of blades of green grass peeking through melting snow, or the condensation on a glass filled with mojito, made with freshly squeezed limes. Maybe the sweet face of a puppy, or a landscape at sunrise, the fresh start of a new day. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Positive Motivation Tip:  Fresh is the taste of fresh fruits, the sound of cool spring water and the presence of early blooms. Savor the clean air and birth some new ideas. Enjoy!


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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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83 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread permalink
    20/03/2015 2:01 pm

    Beautiful flowers, delicious food, AND adirondack chairs – wow. 🙂

  2. 20/03/2015 2:02 pm

    Lots of colorful choices! I love macarons, but I’m nowhere near enough to get any free. Enjoy for me.


  3. 20/03/2015 2:20 pm

    Sorri I’m still busy staring at the macarons 😁

  4. Masshole Mommy permalink
    20/03/2015 2:43 pm

    I don’t think we are going to see flowers here in MA for a while because of all the snow we have on the ground still, so I love all your pictures!

  5. Ben Butler permalink
    20/03/2015 2:52 pm

    Your photos are always so amazing! You have such a way of capturing the shapes, light, and composition. I love it.

  6. 20/03/2015 3:14 pm

    Beautiful. Love all the colors. I’m ready for Spring 🙂

  7. lifebycynthia permalink
    20/03/2015 4:26 pm

    Such gorgeous images. I love the colors. I’d love to learn photography and capture pretty images. I need to invest in a camera soon.

  8. Debbie Denny permalink
    20/03/2015 4:32 pm

    I love these pics. It is a refreshing take.

  9. Nancy permalink
    20/03/2015 4:36 pm

    Love freshly baked macaron’s. Chocolate one’s are my fav. Oh and I need to buy some really nice flowers this weekend. Usually I pick them up from Trader Joe’s

  10. Shabby Chic Boho (@terrishutterbug) permalink
    20/03/2015 4:59 pm

    I love all of your photos, they are all so colorful and beautiful. I miss taking macro shots on my point and shoot cam. I wish I could find another one like it or a better macro lens for my Canon Reel. Thanks for sharing you weekly photo challenge in photos.

  11. Liz Mays permalink
    20/03/2015 5:41 pm

    The spring season certainly means fresh to me! I’m looking forward to the Farmers’ Markets!

  12. 20/03/2015 5:52 pm

    Fantastic colours!

  13. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    20/03/2015 6:25 pm

    Those freshly painted chairs looks beautiful. The fresh produce are such good subject in photography!

  14. ninasaysblog permalink
    20/03/2015 6:43 pm

    You know it’s fresh when the colors just pop off the screen. Gorgeous gorgeous photos!

  15. 20/03/2015 7:16 pm

    Your photos certainly shout out fresh, the colours so invigorating to the soul!

  16. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    20/03/2015 7:19 pm

    I love your weekly photo challenges! You always have some great pics that really represent what your saying. These fresh, vibrant colors make me think of spring and things growing!

  17. 20/03/2015 7:42 pm

    Gorgeous colours! I love Google’s cute animation today too 🙂

  18. 20/03/2015 7:49 pm

    Reblogged this on The Blogging Path and commented:
    I love the rainbow colors of veggies!

  19. upliftingfam permalink
    20/03/2015 8:04 pm

    So many beautiful photos. I always think of spring when the trees start blooming. I haven’t seen the bluebonnet yet. Of course, we had a few ice/snow days a couple of weeks ago.

  20. maggiesblog2 permalink
    20/03/2015 8:53 pm

    I love spring and all the freshness that comes with it!

  21. Crystal From Tidbits of Experience permalink
    20/03/2015 8:54 pm

    Wow! I can honestly say I’ve never seen anyone capture food in such a “fresh” and inspiring way like you did in these pictures. Those flowers are gorgeous too. This is such a timely post since it’s the first day of Spring too.

  22. Jamie permalink
    20/03/2015 9:15 pm

    What a great collection of fresh photos! I love all the vibrant colors…they make me feel happy!

  23. 20/03/2015 9:42 pm

    A feast of fresh things to bring a Spring smile to all who see it.
    Wonderful photos showcasing fresh. 🌺

  24. 20/03/2015 10:12 pm

    There’s a day for Macrons?? That’s such a fun idea. I do like your pictures, and i would like to visit one of your favorites to try the tasty treat.

  25. 20/03/2015 11:56 pm

    Such a colourful collage and all that fruit has made me hungry – breakfast time!

  26. 21/03/2015 12:30 am


  27. 21/03/2015 3:53 am

    Great quotes always and for me fresh is always associated with fruit because if you have ever eaten an apple straight from the tree you will know how that special vibrant freshness vanishes almost within hours, and to experience it is one of life’s great pleasures

  28. blamod permalink
    21/03/2015 5:50 am

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  29. justamom8225 permalink
    21/03/2015 9:54 am

    I love all of the vibrant colors in these pictures! Spring always makes me think of fresh too.

  30. 21/03/2015 10:45 am

    Such great colors! I am inspired, even though it’s snowing here!

  31. Jeanette Mays permalink
    21/03/2015 12:23 pm

    I love this post. It is very bright & the pictures look great! We had FRESH snow the first day of Spring lol 🙂

  32. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    21/03/2015 1:12 pm

    Fresh to me is flowers and grass just blooming after a bitter cold winter or a new born baby who was just born. These are amazing pictures indeed. I love the flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Kelly Hutchinson permalink
    21/03/2015 2:01 pm

    One of the things I love to photograph the most are flower and food. This is one of y favorite times of the year for photography.

  34. 21/03/2015 3:25 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Really makes me feel connected to our natural resources. Excellent job!

  35. Dhemz permalink
    21/03/2015 7:55 pm

    oh, the spirit of spring! I love all the photos.

  36. Lauren permalink
    21/03/2015 9:28 pm

    I love this weeks challenge!! You did a great job at capturing fresh!!! I love all the flowers!

  37. roselynn787 permalink
    22/03/2015 12:25 am

    I love the photos (and most photos) of the macaroons! Spring is full of freshness and tranquility for me, I always prefer spring over any other season.

  38. Myrabev permalink
    22/03/2015 2:01 am

    When I think about fresh I think fruits or clean laundry when removing from machine or after having a shower. For me fresh means clean

  39. Tiffany (@thedwellingtree) permalink
    22/03/2015 6:05 am

    Beautiful photos! I love the one of the cookies! So pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  40. 22/03/2015 6:27 am

    I absolutely love these pictures! They are so bright and beautiful and get me excited that Spring is here!

  41. 22/03/2015 12:08 pm

    My husband loves Photography so much & he says these are really beautiful photos. Those colorful chairs & those fruits looks pretty good among all these.

  42. Yona Williams permalink
    22/03/2015 1:45 pm

    Great photos! Look at all of those delicious spring colors – how can you not smile and feel warm after seeing all of this?

  43. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    22/03/2015 2:31 pm

    Omg loving how colorful this weeks photos are!!! Makes me very excited for spring to get here!!!

  44. Masshole Mommy permalink
    22/03/2015 3:22 pm

    I love all of your colorful photos. They are giving me spring fever! I can not wait for the flowers to bloom here.

  45. 22/03/2015 3:34 pm

    I love all your pretty and bright pictures in your post. Reminds me Spring is here even though we’re covered in snow. Can’t wait for the fresh green grass and fresh veggies in my garden.

  46. Jenny permalink
    22/03/2015 3:39 pm

    I love how bright and colorful all your pictures are!!! They turned out amazing so springy!

  47. Qoftwignberry permalink
    22/03/2015 4:02 pm

    What gorgeous colors! I always love looking at vibrant food….and trying to buy a plethora of colors at the grocery store so that we can eat as healthy as possible.


  48. Carin Kilby Clark permalink
    22/03/2015 4:38 pm

    I love Speing and the beautiful colors, and flowers. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  49. lisa @bitesforbabies permalink
    22/03/2015 6:38 pm

    These pics are absolutely stunning!! I love all the colours…I would love to be able to take such artistic pics like this!

  50. HilLesha permalink
    22/03/2015 8:55 pm

    So many wonderful pictures, especially the flowers. Flowers are my favorite. 🙂

  51. Angela Christoper permalink
    22/03/2015 9:02 pm

    I love all pictures and all look awesome and inspirational photos.

  52. 22/03/2015 9:17 pm

    Such lovely photos and it makes me crave spring with all its wonderful colors, smells and tastes! I love macarons too!

  53. 23/03/2015 5:58 am

    I’d be wary of the water too…better safe than sorry until you’re sure. I already visited this post, I know. I’m just swinging by to wish you a happy week. 🙂

  54. 23/03/2015 8:38 am

    Lovely photos! Spring has finally sprung! Our daffodils are already blooming and I can’t wait to see my other flowers bloom!

  55. katrinagehman permalink
    23/03/2015 9:54 am

    all those fresh veggies look amazing!!!

  56. Cara (@StylishGeek) permalink
    23/03/2015 10:33 am

    Fantastic photographs! Really beautiful! Spring to me, unfortunately, means ‘pollen’ because the areas where I work and reside has a huge amount of pollen in the air so my allergies come out. 🙁 But that is okay. I love seeing the flowers bloom. 🙂

  57. John Lopez permalink
    23/03/2015 11:07 am

    Oh, I love the pictures of fresh fruits and vegetables. I love this time of the year, thanks for sharing.

  58. yumeating permalink
    23/03/2015 1:00 pm

    Love all the bright colors. Spring is finally starting to pop up here and there in my Michigan area. I can’t wait until it gets a tad bit warmer.

  59. DogVills (@DogVills) permalink
    23/03/2015 1:42 pm

    I can’t wait for the farmer’s market to open. Those tomatoes look so good and delicious

  60. Angela permalink
    23/03/2015 2:42 pm

    Oh, how I love the colors and freshness of spring. You really captured it!

  61. 23/03/2015 3:18 pm

    These are some great photos. So colorful!

  62. mommye permalink
    23/03/2015 3:19 pm

    Such pretty photos. So colorful!

  63. 23/03/2015 3:44 pm

    Everything is so beautiful. I’d love to try those macarons! How delightful.

  64. tweenselmom permalink
    24/03/2015 2:53 am

    this page is bursting with colors!

  65. Alyssa C permalink
    24/03/2015 8:27 am

    Beautiful photos, I’m especially loving all the colors!

  66. 25/03/2015 10:23 pm

    I am loving all of the colorful, festive , fresh photos specially the tomatoes in the wooden crates,

  67. 27/03/2015 1:58 pm

    The pictures you took are beautiful. I wish I had your talent with photography. I am terrible. And I actually got a nice camera. 😉 And I am loving how colorful everything is. The flowers are definitely my favorite. 🙂

    • 30/03/2015 8:24 am

      I’m an amateur with lots to learn. Just start with simple shots and over time, you will learn more. Thanks again! 🙂

  68. Author Brandi Kennedy permalink
    13/04/2017 5:21 pm

    You always include such beautiful photos with your posts! It’s interesting to look through these and see what the prompts meant to you specifically.

  69. 20/03/2015 6:34 pm

    Thanks for the pingback!


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