Friday, April 24, 2009


Poets and essayists have extolled the virtues of spring from time immemorial, and there's really nothing new I can say about it. Still, I feel compelled to mark its arrival in some way and express my gratitude that spring always follows winter. It's one of the few things in life we can really depend on. No matter how deep, dark, and cold the winter, we can always count on the arrival of spring with its warmth, color, new life, and the revival it brings to our souls.

I happen to believe that this is more than a just natural phenomenon, but was
designed to be a sign of hope to every human being, like the rainbow. Although seasons of darkness, trouble and death come to all of us, as surely as spring follows winter new life, growth and times of joy will follow. Like trees, as we pass each cycle of the seasons (each of which has its own beauty and purpose), we grow stronger, taller, bear more fruit, and provide more shade for others with each round. Life is never static, in the natural or spiritual worlds. For this I am also thankful.

So, to commemorate spring this year, I've posted a few snapshots I took of the pure, simple glories of spring around Northern Virginia yesterday. Enjoy! And rejoice in spring!



  2. I love your pictures as I felt spring here flew by with many storms in our region trying to knock down the gentle blossoms as they were just beginning to bud. Isn't that like our lives often, yet after the hail, lightning and thunder, high winds and such, still hanging on are the beauty and delicacy of the new growth that announce...the SEASON HAS CHANGED!
    You are gifted in capturing beauty in so many ways...even in how you decorate your blog. I love that about you.

  3. I love the pictures since spring seemed to fly by here as storms in our region tried to knock down the gentle blossoms. Isn't that like our lives? But after the hail, thunder and lightning, and high winds with heavy rains, the beauty and delicacy of the new life hung on declaring it is "A NEW SEASON"!
    Betsy, you are great at capturing beauty in so many ways, even the way you decorate your blog. It's one of the things I love about you.


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