Spring is nearly here

Had our first Covid vaccine shots in the early afternoon yesterday and later on I thought I’d take a walk, knowing I mightn’t feel so good the next morning if side-effects kicked in. At the last minute I decided to carry my camera, not really expecting to use it, and headed in the direction of the Colchicum field at the east end of town. Spring surprised me with regular signs of its presence. I didn’t start taking photos until I got to the property where the Colchicum field is but made a mental note of things along the way. Then as I returned I took the shots of what I wanted however I’m presenting the ten photos I’ve selected in reverse order (i.e. the first photos of the jonquils and Chaenomeles were taken directly opposite our property). Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.


Chaenomeles japonica (flowering quince) : fruit and flowers

Blossom and buds about half-way along my route. The same property had a large tree in full blossom on the west side of the house, very pretty, but I was too far away to get a useful shot.

All the following photos are from the property that has the Colchicum field. Bulbs used to be grown commercially here.

This photo was almost a dud even with careful cropping, until I gave it a last chance with the ‘Sepia’ option and hey presto, I rather liked it! Furry willow catkins.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

20 thoughts on “Spring is nearly here

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    1. Thanks Tanja. Spring seems to be arriving with great enthusiasm this year, breaking out everywhere πŸ™‚ We’re relieved to have survived the first shots with very little discomfort! Take good care of yourself ~you can’t be too careful xx

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      1. I’m glad to hear you are doing well, Liz. And I agree with your last statement. Even though I have had both my vaccine doses for months, I have continued to wear a mask inside all public buildings and when I’m in a crowd and can’t keep a safe distance. It’s such a simple thing to do and I wish everybody would. The entire world would be better off.

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  1. Glad you took your camera along, Liz, and recorded the hints of spring. I do love jonquils and daffodils, how nice to have that grouping near your home. The pink and the white tree blossoms are always a treat, too.

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    1. I noticed a few orange crocuses had popped up in a local garden, love them! We’ve just returned from Invercargill and in the public gardens I admired lovely camellia flowers, magnolia blossom and a line of pretty multi-coloured crocuses. Won’t be posting any pics as I didn’t take any; we just had two very fleeting short walks. Most of the time the weather was dreadful. A wild storm last night followed by very nasty hail showers a few times today.

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  2. Of course we are at the opposite end of things with summer winding down and autumn approaching. The two seasons I look forward to are spring and autumn so we are both heading into happy times. That’s a lovely display of anticipated beauty, Liz.

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    1. Thank you Steve! “Heading into Happy Times” is a lovely turn of phrase and made me smile. I’ve just logged in at a motel we’re staying at in Invercargill, having not long returned from an amazing small solo musical performance, down at Bluff. This young man had five or six different instruments – guitar, flute, penny whistle, another whistle, fiddle and bodhran drum and he played them all and sometimes sang as well!

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  3. I’m delighted to hear that you got your first covid shot! πŸ™‚ And all the signs of spring are lovely, including those fluffy catkins which look great in sepia.

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  4. Congratulations on getting your first vaccination shot, Liz. It’s been a number of months since I got mine, but, as you are well aware, things have gotten bad again as our vaccination rates stalled and some restrictions are being reimposed in parts of the US. I love spring flowers, especially the bright yellow of the daffodils/jonquils, and you have done a wonderful job capturing those bright spring colors. I really like your sepia shot of the furry catkin–an inspired artistic choice to alter the original color. You are definitely flexing your creativity muscles a lot these days. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you very much Mike! Lovely to get your encouraging feedback and I truly appreciate it. My arm is still sore at the injection site but apart from feeling a bit flu-ey yesterday afternoon and evening, the vax side-effects haven’t been bad. Nothing at all in comparison to getting Covid! πŸ™‚

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  5. Quince! That took me right back to the third stanza of Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”:

    Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
    So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
    They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
    The moon,
    The moon,
    They danced by the light of the moon.

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    1. I’m glad it did and that you shared the verse! It’s lovely to read out loud, which I did, to Nigel. We wondered about the ‘runcible spoon’ and found it to be similar to what we call a spork – a multi-use single piece of cutlery that we take on overnight hiking trips – and it made us laugh πŸ™‚

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