In the first week of April the weather turned suddenly, unseasonably, insistently lovely. The sky was blue, the air warm and windless, and the sun beamed on the muddy ground with all the sweet impatience of June. Toward the fringe of the wood, the young trees were yellow with the first tinge of new leaves; woodpeckers laughed and drummed in the copses and, lying in bed with my window open, I could hear the rush and gurgle of the melted snow running in the gutters all night long~ Donna Tartt, The Secret History
Well, “Hello April.” I am very happy to see you.
We’ve been trailing spring for the past few weeks, catching days of warm and sunny weather, followed by chilly days of rain and wind.
Oh, how this spring of love resembleth, The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all beauty of the Sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away.~William Shakespeare
In this time of year, the clouds and sun compete for dominance throughout the day.
The Call of the Outdoors
During the breaks in the clouds, Europeans flood the streets and the parks, eager to usher in spring. In El Retiro Park in Madrid, people form long lines to rent boats and row in the lake.
At all times of the day, people are out in the streets breathing in the freshness of spring.
The optimists wear their spring clothes, but the rest of us are convinced that a few more cooler days are ahead.
Searching for Signs of Spring
Still, everyone searches for signs of spring up in the trees, down on the ground, in the city and in the country. I spotted this flowering plant on the terrace of our apartment in Madrid one warm afternoon. The day before, the plant was dormant.
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.~Algernon Charles Swinburne
With April comes a little spring fever. I laughed when I saw this sign in a take-out window in Lisbon.
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!―
The change of seasons is beautiful to behold. This transition, governed by Mother Nature, is delicate and ephemeral and ever-more precious. I do not take it for granted.
We invite you to join Amy’s inspiring and beautiful Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #39 this week. If you do, tag your post so that we can find it in the Reader. Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to inspire us with challenge # 40.
I hope April brings you plenty of sunshine and inspiration–no matter where you are right now in this world.
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