As the sun warmed the morning, we felt a need to let our cameras have a little fun. So many wonderful photos waiting to be captured, so little time. Work will have wait. Shirley and I took over 700 shots of spring on Mayne Island. Three hours later, here are 13 pics with 13 verses.
At the Japanese Garden
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~Ruth Stout
If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams
It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain
In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head. ~Terri Guillemets
The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase. ~E.B. White, "Hot Weather," One Man's Meat, 1944
First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus -
Crocus. ~Lilja Rogers
The gem of the day was not a crocus... but a tulip. Great photo, Shirley!