From gray-brown, bare limbs to this ….. seemingly in only a very few days.

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What a pleasure to see it all again.  I’m annually in wonder over this massive miracle, these great beautiful bandages over the sores of winter.  Welcome back!!

Where have these blooms and leaves been?  Wrapped tightly under their coats against the icy cold.  It’s what we do as well: we wrap our warmth and color within our warm spaces, holding on while the days drag on to


Sunny, mild, balmy days, perhaps a soft breeze, the birds singing.  Oh, the birds!

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I wonder at all of the beauty and I’m in awe of its construction…from the simplest wild flower asserting itself from the forest floor…..

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…..to the complex, lush, delicate beauty of these Camellias.

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From my computer days I wonder if the plants and the trees all have some kind of plant firmware that enables them to do what they do.  If so, it’s highly complex code, and so well written to produce such beauty.


These crabapple blossoms just enjoyed a sprinkle and, smiling,  seem to be looking around to see if it’s Ok to come out.  I smile back in return, thankful for their short but wonderful visit.

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A Queen of the season, the daffodils in many varieties are seen all over the campus, like bright lemon lollipops.

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The return of spring helps me.  I can become full of doubt about life in the face of much that happens that is sad or evil.

I accepted years ago that it isn’t a Norman Rockwell world;  recently it has come home to me that it isn’t a Thomas Kinkade world either.

Yet, here comes spring again, the annual rebirth to continue the species.  A lot of life keeps on working right.

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34 Responses to “SPRING SPRINGS”

  1. Bonnie Says:

    These are beautiful Ralph! I love sitting out back and hearing all the birds singing and seeing
    the flowers coming to life!

  2. Jenn O'N Says:

    Beautiful colors beautifully captured. Thank you.

  3. John Costello Says:

    You certainly live in the midst of beautiful variety Ralph. I believe the firmware is there – it just isn’t silicon based.

  4. Eleanor Hill Says:

    My sentiments exactly! You remind me that I should take the time to express my gratitude for the beauty of the earth through words and photos. I am sure the process of doing so deepens one’s appreciation of it all! Thanks for sharing your sensitivity to this beauty surrounding us on our lush campuses!

  5. Del Cannon Says:

    Lovely shots. Despite early spring in Florida, there certainly is an emotional change in the North when all the flowers announce “winter is over”

  6. Skip Vandegrift Says:

    Beautiful pictures and, as usual, insightful commentary.

  7. Kathleen Says:

    Beauty, beauty, all around it helps us forget the sadness just for a short time!!! My garden gives me new surprises everyday and I thank God for all of it!!!!

  8. Marilyn Flagler Says:

    Your pictures and comments on the natural beauty that surrounds us were expressed wonderfully and touched my heart……might even say your display was as inspiring as a good Church sermon! Watching plants come to life down here after the ravages of “Sandy” is awesome. Thanks. Marilyn Flagler

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Marilyn. I saw two clumps of tulips when I was down there a week ago and I had that feeling about their coming up again notwithstanding that they had been under 4′ to 5′ of salt water.

  9. Kirsten Says:

    What a captivating expose Dad! Beautiful, insightful and you add to the hope that life does keep on living, renewing itself and sharing it with us. Thank you! Now I just noticed a Vistors Map on this page for the first time. All those red dots are vistors from around the world ejoying all this too? If so, WOW! Well done Dad. Bravo! Put a feather in your cap that you are indeed an artist! But, we all knew this. 🙂

  10. Ken Curtis Says:

    Enjoyed viewing your photos, Ralph. Spring is certainly the time for mother nature to start over with another colorful season. It is especially pleasurable after the colorless browns of winter. By the way, I believe the firmware is encode in the DNA.

  11. Ann-Marie Woods Says:

    Hi Ralph. Here is a link to a recent discovery that you might like to read. http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/01/18001495-how-flower-petals-get-their-shape#comments
    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and observations- very uplifting-like Spring itself.

  12. Jo Walter Says:

    Lovely, as usual. The beauty of nature and the beach also inspire me and gives me solace. It never ceases to amaze me.

  13. Tom and Jeanne Says:

    The pretty gold finches used to live at our house. Please say hello to them for me.

  14. eajackson Says:

    Beautiful words and beautiful images. Thank you

  15. Susan Angulo Says:

    Hello Ralph!
    Always a pleasure when I see your email with the link attached to it! Love spring too! Thanks again for sharing your vision, thoughts and wisdom.
    (your “old” neighbor)

  16. Fran ONeill Says:

    Your beautiful pictures make me miss Haddonfield so much! Spring on LBI ain’t much!

  17. denisebushphoto Says:

    Nice Ralph! I really like the crab apple blossoms and the last ‘light of eternal hope’ image!

  18. MikeP Says:

    Whoa… love the light in the last shot.

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