Spring…Finally!

Can you stand more pictures of Spring in Central Illinois?

I hope so, for I wanted to share these before the weather gets too hot and the newness wears off! Please enjoy:

Not sure what these trees are, but I thought they looked pretty against the blue sky.

Not sure what these trees are, but I thought they looked pretty against the blue sky.

Redbud, an early bloomer, makes a heart-shaped leaf after these delicate flowers fall off.

Redbud, an early bloomer, makes a heart-shaped leaf after these delicate flowers fall off.

The graceful Japanese maple

The graceful Japanese maple

Azalea in bloom

Azalea in bloom

Flowering white dogwood

Flowering white dogwood

Some kind of cherry tree, I think (if you know better, please educate me!)

Some kind of cherry tree, I think (if you know better, please educate me!)

Tulips!

Tulips!

Crimson tree against partly cloudy sky

Crimson tree against partly cloudy sky

Here's the progress on the tulip I showed you before (https://domermom.com/2015/04/11/finding-shelter/). Still hasn't bloomed, grrr!

Here’s the progress on the tulip I showed you before (https://domermom.com/2015/04/11/finding-shelter/). Still hasn’t bloomed, grrr!

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30 thoughts on “Spring…Finally!

  1. Used to love the spring in South Bend, Also reminds me of an old ND story, Fr, Sorin was slogging through the snow with other priests on the way to California to found a university. Tired, cold and hungry his followers begged to camp. He agreed and said, “Okay we’ll camp here in South Bend until the weather clears up.”

    • HaHa, what a good story — I hadn’t heard that one, John!! Spring is definitely beautiful at ND; so’s Autumn, and with the lure of football games, that makes it especially wonderful. My Domer was up there one summer, and he and his friends had a blast. Fortunately, he drew an air-conditioned dorm (a unique experience, since his regular dorm was a three-story hotbox, ha!)

  2. “Can you stand more pictures of Spring in Central Illinois?”

    Absolutely yes, Debbie! And I love them!

    Like you, I’ve been taking so many pictures of spring here in Philly – the flowers, the trees, the green grass! OMG…I love this time of the year and want to capture it ALL in photographs. I think my favorite springtime trees are the cherry blossoms – both the white and the pink. We have a lot of those here, but it’s sad because they don’t last too long.

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful spring in Central Illinois. Enjoyed!

    Have a great rest of your week, my friend!
    X

    • Aw, thanks for the encouragement, Ron! I know just what you mean — despite the allergies, spring is just such a HOPEFUL season, isn’t it? Everything bursting into life after a long winter’s slumber and all.

      I, too, love seeing pictures from around the world as to the changing seasons. I don’t imagine I’ll ever get to all the places where my blogging friends live, so photos are the next best thing!

      Happy almost-weekend, dear!!

  3. Lovely variety of colours in the trees! And yes, very pleased to see more of your spring – I’m hoping ours might start sometime before winter sets in again…

    • You still haven’t seen much spring yet, then?? Oh, dear, you’ll have to remedy that — and soon! I love spring — and finding out which of the plants survived winter’s cruelty. Sad to see the ones which didn’t, of course, but that gives us a chance to plant something else– and start hoping all over again, ha!

  4. Just beautiful. I think your “cherry tree” might be flowering almond. The blossoms can range from dark pink to white, and the multi-petaled profusion is glorious. It was one of my favorite bushes/trees when I was a kid in Iowa.

    We’re all about rain, here. As in: flooding rain. The good news is that it seems to be spreading across the state a little more than in the past, and some of the people who’ve needed it so badly are getting some. More in the west would be good.

    Enjoy your remaining spring — I never get tired of seeing the photos.

    • A flowering almond, huh? Well, you absolutely could be right. I found them on a walk with Dallas, and neither of us knew for sure (and the homeowner wasn’t around to ask). Silly me, for making an assumption! Thanks for educating me — it is a beautiful specimen!

      I’ve heard about your rain. While I can’t help but feel sorry for your lack of sunshine, I suppose it’s a good thing to make up for the drought conditions you’ve been living through for too many years. We’ve had our share of rain as well. Two benefits are immediately apparent — pollen counts come down, and snakes stay hidden in their dens, ha!!

    • Thanks, DD. I’d miss dogwoods if I didn’t get to see them regularly. We have a pink one in the yard, and this year, it was especially beautiful (probably didn’t hurt that I watered it sooo much over the hot summer!!)

  5. Gorgeous photos, Debbie. It’s even as colorful and Spring-like in the northeast, so appreciated in view of the winter we all had to endure. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank YOU, my friend, for stopping by to comment!! Yes, I’ve often thought those of us who have to endure a long and often brutal winter probably appreciate the arrival of spring much more than those living in more temperate climates!!

    • Finally, huh?? I just know it’s going to be beautiful there soon — y’all keep advertising the emerald green golf courses, the sandy dunes, the water, and I’m thinking it looks a bit like Paradise!

    • Aw, thanks, Tanya! They’ve been pretty spectacular this year, and we’re blessed to have had some rain (but not what poor Texas has had!!)

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