Tag Archives: spring

Pink dogwood

A dog wood bud just starting to open.
The colors of the youngest buds are more saturated, almost like sunset colors.
In the next step the bracts open out.
Still vibrant at the edges, razzmatazz pink.
Fully opened out dogwood bracts flopping in the wind beside one just about to open.
Opened out the colors become a little more muted, but still lovely.

These flowers are mostly showy in mass, the individual bloom is not a show stopper, like the rose, but when the morning sun hits them the opening buds have a lovely delicacy, both in form and in color.

For Weekly Prompts weekend challenge: Razzmatazz and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Spring in the woods

Tiny bugs are busy on this flower.
The berry is just starting to form at the center of this one.

The salmon berry is unusual in that it has a bright pink flower. Seems like most other berries have white or pale pink ones. The color of the berries is usually orange, but can be on the red side if they get sun (since it tends to grow in dense woods that is an anomaly). It’s called “salmon berry” because the orange berries look like a cluster of salmon roe. It is kind of watery and doesn’t have a strong flavor, either sweet or tart, compared with thimble-berries, huckleberries or blackberries.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day and Sunshine’s Macro Monday.

A bear-y good idea

I used a bunch of things from my basement: my son’s old stuffed bunny collection, my old teddy bear and several handmade kites I got as souvenirs visiting Weifang China(self-proclaimed Kite Capital of the World) to put together this cheerful display in our bay window. The next week I learned that putting bears into windows is a nation-wide “thing”: Why you’re seeing teddy bears and rainbows in windows right now.

Seems like a fun idea…and not just for kids.

For Kammie’s Oddball Challenge.