looking for spring and finding a little

It seems appropriate that the first buds to open in spring are little catkins dressed in fur coats. You can see why they still might need winter coats around here – the days are still frosted at the edges.









FrostedPussyWillows4 I came across these pussy willows quite by accident this morning – something told me to walk just a little further, and look just a little more carefully. They are just coming to life.

© Karen McRae, 2013

89 thoughts on “looking for spring and finding a little

  1. So beautiful Karen. The pussy willows are lovely but it’s the picture of the grass, cloaked in frost, that is my favourite. Composition, colour, bokeh.. just perfect. 🙂

  2. As they come such early in the spring, they even wear fur coat, hence Japanese
    call them ねこやなぎ / Cat Willow = exactly the same idea.
    From those pretty photos I feel your relaxed warm eyes.

    1. Thanks, Yoshizen. It’s amazing how they can grow in all the cold and snow we’ve been having. Yes, Cat willows – I think the third image looks like a sleeping kitten. : )

    1. It seems like you’ve had a tough go of it with very little sun. Even though it becomes very cold here we get a fair amount of sun and the snow brightens everything up so it doesn’t seem too dismal. Hang in there, spring will come.

      1. I do live in a city of over one million people (I guess it’s hard to tell from my photographs) but I live near a greenbelt with land and water surrounding much of my community. Downtown is just 15 minutes away, so I have both worlds at my doorstep, in a way.

  3. Nature can be extreme in beautiful and harsh ways. We have already had the snowdrops (flowers) here in England which is a sure sign that spring is on the way (i’m hoping). : )

    1. A tiny bit of spring. The other sign of spring here is that I have spotted a pair of Great Horned Owls nesting. I don’t know how they manage to nest in such cold every year!
      Thank you, Phil.

  4. Wow, I’m glad you walked a little further – and I’m glad you’re such a good photographer. We had just one instance of frost like this around here this winter, at least that I saw. Next year I’m going to be really looking out for frost. The grass looks just impossible somehow – otherworldly & stunning. You create a wonderful world with these.

    1. Thanks very much for your kind words. The frosted grass is so fragile and momentary – not possible for very long. I hope you find some lovely frost next season, it really adds a bit of magic to the winter.

    1. It really is nice when you find something interesting you weren’t expecting. It’s sort of surprising how often it happens, actually.
      Thanks very much, Melanie!

  5. Wow. This looks so alive and warm and personal. It makes me remember a childhood memory. Except I can’t really. It’s just there below the surface. Your images touch childhood spring.

    1. Sounds much like trying to grasp a few bits of a dream as it slips away. I like how it makes you think of childhood – they haven’t lost their magic… Thank you, Steven.

  6. Your words match the prettiness, and chill, of these images perfectly, “You can see why they still might need winter coats around here – the days are still frosted at the edges.”

  7. “Something told me to walk just a little further . . . .” You truly are in tune with nature. I love pussy willows, and your captures of them are beautiful.

  8. Oh wow!!! how do you sleep at night producing such beautiful images again and again? My ego would explode and never shut up! hehehe:) They are all beautiful but I absolutely love the colour of the blue one. gosh, I can see your Spring!

  9. The visuals & the term Feathered Frost could be a good way of describing climate change. Everything is just off kilter enough to tell you there is a change coming.
    Beautiful compositions, even though those buds will not be too happy. 🙂

  10. Ah, “Kätzchen”* in Canada. 🙂
    And how beautiful you ‘portrayed’ them, Karen.
    Over here there are none to be seen yet. Easter temperatures are between 15 and 25°C lower than around the winter solstice.

    1. Uff, I am late with my reply; sorry, Karen, somehow notifying does not work.
      Well, ‘Kätzchen’ is German (the diminuative of Katze, thus ‘little cat’), and I do live in Germany, Lower Saxony. Easter morning temperatures were around -5°C, while end of December we had +15°C. Quite unusual.
      And now I do have a question, too: How did you manage that your colon and bracket did not transform into that yellow nuisance? : )

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