May 04, 2011

Hope grows: foliage!

Back in March when I last participated in Hanni’s Hope Grows meme, I said I was looking forward to foliage. Well, there wasn’t much to report on April 5. All the growth this spring has been delayed because of unusually cool, cloudy weather.

But now it’s May. And we have foliage!



Let’s take a look around the neighborhood to see how things have changed since mid-March.

The grass is greener, the trees down the street are leafing out, and the snow is gone:

mid-March

















early May




















The Willow tree around the block is fuller:

mid-March
early May





















The lake is filled with water, not ice:

mid-March





early May


































People are fishing from pontoon boats, instead of ice shacks:

mid-March




early May





















The huge fascinating mushroom is losing its moisture.

mid-March
early May






















Nifty water patterns have replaced strange ice formations:

mid-March

early May





































Everything is more colorful:

mid-March

















early May





















The foliage is busting out all over:



































And if I could bring myself to eat them, it would be the perfect time to harvest Fiddlehead Ferns!


 (Next month I’m looking forward to Lilac blooms!)

22 comments:

  1. I hope the snow is done for good and the temps get warmer.

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  2. looking nice and green finally...my yard is looking under water but oddly enough the lilacs are setting up flowers and probably will start next week if it warms as they are predicting..weird this year in my garden with all the flowers blooming together that don't usually...

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  3. I love these comparison photos and I want to try to do some staged succession shots in each season too. I like how you captured exactly the same scene with the subtle differences that spring brings. Like your slow spring, the new season has been tardy here in New England this year.

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  4. So glad you're seeing some green. Loved seeing the pics side by side for comparison.

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  5. Those are great before and after shots. I loved the comparison. I am glad spring has come to you too.

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  6. @Rohrerbot: Me, too! Time to chuck the jackets and bring on the sandals!

    @Donna: I must have a Lilac variety that blooms later. Some people around here seem to have earlier blooms. It's kind of nifty that everything is blooming at once, but some warmth will be nice.

    @Laurrie: This is unusual for us. April seemed like largely a repeat of March with a few warm days as exceptions. April is usually a little nicer than March. But May and June are the best. So much happening at once!

    @Holley: Thanks! I had a little more success with the side-by-sides than I thought I would. Weird.

    @Masha: Thanks! Things are happening too fast for me to keep up now.

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  7. Hurrah! Nothing quite boosts the spirits like the first flush of fresh leaves on the trees in Spring. And then everything happens so quickly it is hard to keep up. Like Laurrie I really enjoyed seeing the comparison photos. Enjoy your snow-free life and the excitement of Spring!

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  8. Very fun to see the exact same photo as the season progresses. I love fiddleheads, which I harvest from ostrich ferns. They taste like spring, and I look forward to them all year. I just had the last of them for dinner last night.

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  9. Ahahah! Don't give up: blooming season will be also there in a hurry!
    But, seriously, the photos of mid-march are so fascinating...

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  10. I enjoy seeing the transformation of the seasons as depicted in your post. The scenery is very beautiful, especially around the lake.

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  11. It's amazing how quickly the ice melts off the lakes once it gets going! I love, love willow trees!! I could never have one, it would take over my yard.

    Amy

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  12. Wonderful, wonderful! I have to echo everybody's else's comments about the side by side shots. It's like someone just edited them and shot the saturation up. :) But no...it's spring!!!! Boo-yah!

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  13. @Janet: Yes, it's hard to keep up these days. The changes are coming fast now.

    @Carolyn: My husband tried a Fiddlehead and said it was crunchy and fresh. Not bad. I might try them.

    @Dona: Yes, the stores are selling annual flowers now, so it's time for the blooms! March is an interesting month here. Too cold, but fascinating is a good word.

    @AutumnBelle: Thanks! Yes, the seasonal changes are awesome!

    @Amy: Yeah, weird to think the whole lake was filled with ice, and now it's water. It actually melted about a month ago. I have the same feelings about Willow trees.

    @Hanni: Yeah, cool about the color thingy, eh? Our seasonal changes are really dramatic, aren't they?! Cheers!

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  14. Oh it does all look wonderful. How the colours are coming out!
    Loving the comparisons.

    This is just a (very belated) post to say thank you for coming by my blog and hope to maybe see you there again some time :D

    Keep up the lovely photos :D

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  15. I'll eat the fiddlehead ferns, give them to me me me! *eager maniacal hand-raising*

    Glad you are finally getting foliage, it's an exciting time!

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  16. @KnightMare: Thanks! Yes, of course I will stop by. So many great posts these days with all the plants growing and blossoming!

    @Eliza: The Ferns are unfurling before my eyes. It's like a time-lapse film, practically while I'm watching. My husband ate a few before it was too late. He said they were "pleasantly fresh" and "crunchy."

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  17. Hooray for foliage! Isn't it wonderful to see it again? You live in a beautiful part of the country. I can see why you endure the cold winters for the gorgeous summers. I also enjoyed seeing the comparison photos ~ a great touch ~ and sure shows the difference two months can make. Happy May & Mother's Day!

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  18. love the twiggy/foliage about-to-bloom shots especially! Wishing tons of sun and warmth this week--

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  19. I love your transition photos and I do love fiddleheads. They are delicious. Try them!

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  20. @Kathleen: Thank you! Yes, this locale is pretty nifty May through early November. If we can make it through the long winter, life is good.

    @Margaret: Thanks. I tried to get a few shots with the fading sun behind the foliage. My camera is not the best in low light. I think it's time for a new one. :)

    @Layanee: I think I will try the Fiddleheads next spring. It's too late this year -- they unfurled within a few days!!

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  21. Great transformations! Taking pictures of the same scene throughout the seasons is a wonderful idea, and it's something I've been meaning to do on my blog too.

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  22. @Kate: Thanks! I hope to continue the exercise throughout the seasons. It might give me hope in the middle of winter. :)

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