Each season brings a beauty of its own, but I have to admit that spring is by far my favorite season of the year. It never fails to cheer my heart to see dormant plants come to life again. Brown replaced by green. Rose bushes that looked like sticks a week ago now team with green leaves and new buds.
For me, spring doesn’t truly arrive until I spot the first Texas bluebonnets of the year. We don’t get as many in Abilene as they do down in the hill country, but I know which places along the highway to check once the temperatures begin to warm. This year, I spied the first hint of blue on April 1st.
I took these pictures several years ago when my kids were much younger, but they are still some of my favorites. I have framed versions sitting on my desk in my office so I can look at them every day.
Another favorite sign of spring in my area are the bright pink blossoms of the redbud trees.
Those gorgeous pink blossoms never fail to make me smile.
We also have a family of birds that build their nest on our front porch every year. They leave quite a mess on the front step, but I don’t have the heart to shoo them away. The kids love to see the babies hatch. Okay . . . I do, too. Their fuzzy little heads and open beaks as they cry for Mama to feed them is too precious to miss.
How about you?
- What are your favorite first signs of spring?
- Do you have any spring blossoms that are unique to your area?