Spring into Summer

I don't know about you, but sometimes lately I lose of what day it is. I feel like I'm accomplishing  almost nothing, that everything is on hold. But nature isn't. Spring is moving into summer and new life is happening all around.

I have a rhubarb plant on the side of my house. This is how much it's grown in the past month. (The gnome is about 14 inches high, for comparison.)


Rhubarb, April 23
Rhubarb, May 5


Rhubarb, May 20th
             

The Canadian geese arrived back in mid-April, as usual, and soon we'll be seeing goslings in the pond and watching them grow up until they're big enough to fly away in the fall. I'm seeing lots of baby pictures posted lately on the Alaska Life Facebook page, like these moose and muskox.

Laura Lyn Photography



Photo by Robert G White -Large Animal Research Station, Fairbanks

The trees were bare just a couple of weeks ago. Now they're all leafed out.

May 5



May 23








To me there's something comforting in the knowledge that that spring will follow winter. Summer will follow spring. The trees will leaf out, the snow will melt off the mountain, and the geese will come back. 

Always.

What marks the season now in your neck of the woods? Lilacs? Robins? The scent of outdoor grilling? What special thing is happening right now? 

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Alaskan Dreams



The dream she wants 
The love she found 
Lauren Shepherd has traded her hectic office job for a quiet life working on an elderly friend’s farm. Risking everything to move to Alaska might just be the perfect opportunity for her—if Lauren can convince handsome and fiercely protective Patrick O’Shea that she’s not swindling his grandmother. But when financial troubles threaten her dream, Lauren and Patrick unite in a hunt for a legendary treasure…only to discover something between them more precious than gold.

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  1. Lovely pics, Beth (that rhubarb is awesome...pies?) Alaska is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I love seasonal changes, especially this,one, from spring to summer. Flowers here in southern Ontario are daffodils, tulips. crocuses, and now my favorite, lilacs. Happy Spring!

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    1. Daffodils are my favorite flower. The bloom buds are swelling on my lilac. It's a pinky-purple one, but my neighbor had a huge white lilac I love. Enjoy the scent!

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  2. The pictures are beautiful. We are at my favorite time right now, although it's hotter than I would wish. The wildflowers are beautiful. Wild phlox are out now, and some pretty yellow ones someone said were butterweed, plus teeny white and purple and yellow ones that line walking paths like little jewels.

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    1. Wild phlox are lovely, and I just love those tiny flowers that pop up all around and between cracks. Jewels indeed!

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  3. Here in NJ we have up and down temperatures - 50 one day 70 the next. Yesterday it was 88 degrees F and humid. Rain is expected this weekend. Spring peaked about two weeks ago. All the colorful trees and flowers are green now, but the green is beautiful. It seems more vibrant. Maybe because the pandemic (did not want to use that word) is benefitting the earth.

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    1. Green is such a restful color. Enjoy what the earth is sharing.

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  4. We are in full fledged summer with temps in the high 80s and lush green every where. The humming birds are back and the gardenias and magnolias are in bloom. Happy summer!

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    1. It must smell wonderful! And hummingbirds! The way they zip around and hover, and their jewel-like feathers--they're little miracles to me!

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  5. Nice photos--we went from cold, rainy spring to humidity and higher temps, but lots of blooming trees and flowers everywhere. It seems like all of a sudden it's green. It's like winter turned into summer, which is what I learned to expect in the upper Midwest when I was a kid growing up in Chicago.

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  7. I love the mild temperatures of spring. We have a fox den in our woods and before the trees and foliage begin to bloom, we have a better chance of spotting the cubs. I saw the mom early this morning and it's always a treat of spring!

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    1. I love to watch foxes. They're so curious and interesting. Once, my son was out around dusk playing with a soccer ball and a fox ran out and chased the ball around the field.

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  8. I love the pictures! Especially of the moose! In my area (Georgia), I'm still able to go on walks in the evening, but I'll soon be having to walk in the morning. Lantanas are starting to come up. The smells of people grilling are common during my walks. The roses are already on their way out. Thanks so much for sharing those pictures.

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    1. I grew up in West Texas, and had a big bed of lantanas in my backyard. Love them. They bloomed and bloomed.

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  9. Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures. I recently asked a blogging friend who said she had rhubarb pie what it tastes like, since I’ve never eaten it. She said it’s tart but that it’s difficult to compare the taste to another fruit.
    Here in NC it’s been raining a lot lately. I don’t mind because I love the rain and now everything is lush and green. The temperature almost hit 90° yesterday. I can do without the extreme heat. I prefer cooler weather. I’m loving the sweet sounds of all the backyard birds, and somehow we now have a Mimosa tree growing in our backyard!! That made me really happy.
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    1. Thanks, Laurie! Rhubarb is tart, sort of like a cherry pie, but a little more puckery. Good by itself, better with strawberries. Wish I could send you a sample.

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  10. Thank you for sharing such a lovely insight into spring. It is amazing to me how we went from snow to spring around here. It was so cold, then we had a few warm days. Then snow again. Finally, we are coming out of the rain deluge but the flowers are bigger, more profusive this year than any. And is it me? Or does the air seem cleaner? Probably my imagination. Or not.

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    1. Weather is seldom boring in the middle of the country, is it? I love that that late snow led to bigger and prettier flowers.

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