Photo Challenge: Spring’s Surprise
“It’s all about creation and surprise. It just needs to be appreciated and watered like flowers. You have to water flowers. These peaks will come again.” Sonny Rollins
Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! Wallace Stevens
Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. Julia Cameron
Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. Joseph Addison
This morning it rained… I’d been planning to walk the yard and check on the new plant life forming around me. I was concerned because the erratic winter had deceived the daffodils and crocuses into believing that our periods of intermittent warm days were a sign of the impending spring. They weren’t. Instead, the bright and sunny days were quickly followed by some nasty snowstorms that put the plants to sleep again. We had extremely cold days and snowfall that stayed around long after we had packed up the snow-melt and our boots. But, spring is full of surprises and she always delivers her wares no matter what. The photos I’ve shared in this post are a combination of the flowers slowly poking their heads or buds in my yard. Come back later for shots of flowers I took at my local Farmer’s Market. It is indeed a season of surprises with flora and fauna flourishing and giving us joy.
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” Ashley Montagu
Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. Boris Pasternak
Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity. Henri Nouwen
Despite the brutal winter, Spring held unto her bag of floral surprises and peeked through with bursts of color to help lift the gloom of grey days and cold nights. The daffodils bloomed and the other plants and buds are slowly finding their way by peeking through the earth in search of warmth and some sunshine. The surprises of spring are a welcome sight after the dullness of winter. Enjoy it!
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Spring’s Surprise – This week, share a surprise with us, as you see it through your lens. We’re excited to see what you share with us.
Positive Motivation Tip: Search for signs of spring life around you and share the colors and joy!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection