Happy Wednesday! Spring has arrived in northern Illinois, bringing me much joy (and a fair bit of rain as well.) Flowers, both wild and domestic, are blooming, trees are budding, birds are Tweeting…or maybe tweeting.
The Weekly Photo Challenge theme this week is “Earth“, in celebration of Earth Day. My recent trip to Yosemite National Park with our older daughter showed us some unbelievable views of one glorious section of earth. I shared this photo on my blog during my posts about Yosemite, but it’s the perfect vehicle to convey the stunning beauty of one tiny area of earth, so I hope those of you who have already seen it will enjoy it again.
It may be easy to think that we need to preserve areas such as these, but in truth, every bit of earth has the potential to be beautiful, whether through scenery, use, or both. Let us each find the corners we can preserve and improve and work towards those ends.
This morning, I took my s-i-l on a walk through “my” park. To my joy, I saw drifts of wildflowers in the forested area as well as some evidently uncomfortable in crowds, blooming shyly on their own or with only a friend or two. Although it’s quite muddy, tomorrow morning will find me properly dressed for a walk on one of the dirt trails that meanders close to the river, carrying my Nikon as well as my phone. I didn’t get very far off the path this morning, but here are a few of my finds.
Perhaps wood anemones?
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“All hope abandon ye who enter here.”
OK, this isn’t the gate to Dante’s hell, but it looks much more ominous in black and white than it did in real life and since Sally wants black and white today, that what she gets. 🙂
The Easter ravioli were a big success with even a few left over. I’m definitely ready to relax a bit after a wonderful church service and good food with good friends. So I shall say farewell for the evening and good morning to all of you who will read this tomorrow. I appreciate all of you as well.
No dearth of photograph-worthy doors in the City of Brotherly Love. It’s filled with lovely doors of all sorts. Today’s trio runs the gamut from intricately designed to simple and colorful to one that’s missing an essential ingredient.
Thursday Doors never misses any ingredients as cooked up a-door-ably by our amiable chef from Montreal, Norm. Hopefully he’s no longer snowed under, but no matter. The door to world-wide doors is always open if you click on the blue linky critter on his site.