Spring is in the air

8 03 2012

The daffodil’s bright yellow flowers bring cheer around the world. When you see daffodils in bloom, you know longer, warmer days are ahead and winter gloom will soon be a dim memory.

(Or, they may remind of you of times past. I think of sorority girls in college who sold them to raise money for charity, but it always seemed to be snowing or raining and in the 30s during their sale. The girls looked so unhappy on the street with their little yellow blooms.)

Grow

The flower a favorite of gardeners and non-gardeners alike because of its low maintenance requirements, dependable and exponential blooms, and ability to grow seemingly anywhere. The hardy plant, found in a range of climates worldwide, is a member of the lily family, genus Narcissus L. (source: USDA). Other daffodil varieties in the family include jonquils and narcissus flowers.

The specimen above was shot from a low angle at Green Park in London, UK. In England, the flowers bloom during Lent so are known as lenten lilies. Parks throughout London are carpeted with green shoots and yellow flowers. It’s a common sight to see families and children sitting among the flowers to have their portraits taken with this most photogenic of flowers.

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1,000 words, image eight

5 03 2012

(Eighth in a series of eventually 1,000 images).

A colorful windsock catches a brisk breeze. Did you know that March is National Kite Month?

Blowin' in the wind

 

In the United States, kite flying is generally a leisurely family pastime. One of the most famous kiting events in the nation takes place each spring in Washington, DC, the Blossom Kite Festival (formerly known as the Smithsonian Kite Festival).

Throughout Asia, kite flying can be a serious contest known as kite fighting, a sport in which opponents attempt to bring down the other’s kite through a variety of means.

 








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