Snowdrops - the first
Snowdrops – the first

At last, here are my first flowers photographed outside in 2021! Yes, here are our snowdrops, poking their heads up in the late afternoon sun sheltered by the wall of the workshop. I was so excited to see them, that I ran in to get my camera and catch them before they lost the light. And I’m so glad that I did, as they are now buried under about 3″ of freshly fallen snow. I guess they are still under there, waiting for a melt when they can once again show themselves. At these temperatures they might be finished before that happens, so I am really happy to be able to bring you my small offering of these little harbingers of spring. Hold on, my friends, it really is on the way. We just have to keep watching for each tiny sign and not miss one of them. I really love how the vintage Helios 44-2 lens has created this interesting effect (bokeh) in a pattern around the flowers. That was a major part of project – to feature flower photographs taken mostly with this lens – and perhaps you can appreciate my fascination for it a bit better, seeing this image. Have a lovely day, my friends. Watch for the signs!

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8 Responses

  1. Snowdrops never fail to make me smile – love your photo of them. They are so adorable! We’re looking into perhaps planting some around our yard, along with the crocuses. We have extremely acidic soil here, so not sure how well they’ll do; but lots of lawns around here have them.

    1. Oh! I do hope they grow for you, Bev they are such cheery things growing first thing in the season. I’m glad you like the photo. Thanks for the comment, dear Bev.

  2. Wonderful sign of a nature that will soon wake up again! Hope they survive the snow and cold temperatures.
    Yes, at the moment, we have daffofils in plenty! -:)

    1. I think they will, thanks, Françoise as today it is going into double figures and will be warm all of the week. When I say warm I mean I think it’s going as high as 14° Celsius. So maybe not warm for you and for where you’ve just been. They will be the only flowers for a little while I suspect. Enjoy your daffodils!

  3. Delightful and darling are the words that sprang to mind upon opening this post. However, these angelic-looking plants are not as innocent as they seem. On one hand, they are poisonous, mostly the bulbs which can induce vomiting and diarhhea if ingested but never fatal. On the other hand, these same properties are being explored for potential in treating alzheimers and nerve agent poisoning. Talk about a split personality. It reminds me of Shakespeare’s ‘all that glisters is not gold’. I shall be content to admire these plants for their external beauty as a harbinger of Spring. That’s good enough for me. Thank you, Ellie, for confirming that Spring has sprung on this its first day.

    1. I was so happy to have an actual spring flower to post today, although so many countries are into daffodils by now!
      That information was fascinating, as always, thank you Janet. Enjoy your evening. Until tomorrow.

  4. Thanks Ellie they are very sweet love the way they just hang down never really noticed them before I guess when they were just ready to break open usually see them after they are in full bloom. Keep a closer eye this year.

    1. Yes, I don’t believe I’ve taken much note of them at this stage before either. I’m much more aware as a result of this project. But no doubt I’ll get a photo of them open if this snow melts next week. Thanks again Linda.

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