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Spring is Sprung - Photoblog

by In Wales Sun Apr 21st, 2013 at 03:12:49 AM EST


It seems safe to say that spring has finally arrived. For the first time ever as an adult I am living somewhere that has a garden so I set about planting bulbs last autumn/winter and had very low expectations of my efforts, thinking everything would rot in the ground over winter.  Much to my delight, I have some fabulous flowers now.

Please add your own spring photos too.

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A little project with the kids to get them off the xbox. Cosmos Purity seedlings grown indoors and replanted in a trough.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:31:51 AM EST
A little project with the kids to get them off the xbox

Huh ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:51:55 AM EST
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My partner has two children. We have one of their friends in tow this weekend so we've been out photoshooting in the countryside.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Apr 20th, 2013 at 12:33:33 PM EST
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Lovely pictures - but what is an xbox?
by Fran on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:58:18 AM EST
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Xbox.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 12:27:42 PM EST
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Thanks, I am clearly not cool anymore. :-)
by Fran on Sat Apr 20th, 2013 at 01:58:06 AM EST
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Bulbs planted in troughs last October.  I forgot to label everything so it has been a nice surprise to see what emerges.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:34:06 AM EST
Not my doing but great to see them growing.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:36:58 AM EST
Do you post-process the colour of these photos? (I mean, apart from the B&W one.) They all look fabulous.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 04:01:38 PM EST
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Only a little editing.  I have used curves to deepen the shadows and brighten some of the highlights, which makes it 'pop' a little more.  I also increased clarity a little.  The colours haven't been played with apart from the B&W.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Apr 20th, 2013 at 12:38:30 PM EST
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My crocuses - I wish I'd planted more.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:37:59 AM EST
Thank InWales for this diary - good to see something to lift the mood.

Will go through my photos later on, see if I can find something to post too.

by Fran on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:38:00 AM EST


by Fran on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:56:52 AM EST
Here most flowers haven't yet sprouted, only the grass is greener, but temperatures passed from winter straight to summer.

Today I re-did the trip shown in Springtime Romantic Roundtrip six years ago in reverse direction. Getting off at Szokolya station on the standard-gauge branchline, most of the forest is still 'transparent':

These modern DMUs are temporary visitors here, for the time their 'home' line (in a region populated by well-off exurbanites) is in total closure for an EU-funded upgrade. The station is a half-hour walk from the village across a water divide between two creeks, hence the single other passenger. On the water divide, the cows were out in the field:

On the other side of the water divide, overlooking the south end of the village. In the distance right of centre is the castle hill of Visegrád, the village along the Danube which gave its name to the Visegrád Four.

Interesting tree with shadow on the outskirts of Szokolya village. (As for the ugly concrete power mast: an exclusive for asdf.)

The grass is green but the trees don't yet obscure the village church completely (church bells were tolling when I shot the photo).

No sign of spring except the grass, but interesting signs galore. The building on the right is the village savings association.

An old man walks home as the narrow-gauge DMU approaches in the distance. I'll be damned if I know the name of the decorative brush with the yellow flowers.

At terminal station Kismaros, the railcar is shunting.

In Kismaros I arrived on the sunny north side of the wider Danube valley. You see some flowers on the edge of the cutting of the mainline station.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 03:59:53 PM EST
DoDo:
the decorative brush with the yellow flowers

Forsythia.

There's more in the last photo.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 04:23:02 PM EST
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Another one with yellow flowers which is common in the region is Laburnum. Can you distinguish the two? (BTW there is one on the church photo, too.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 04:35:07 PM EST
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Forsythia is usually bush-sized and totally covered with bright yellow flowers in early spring, before the leaves come out.

Laburnum is usually tree-sized. The flowers hang in bunches (unlike forsythia flowers that are close to the branch and cover it). They appear along with the leaves, so the overall aspect is yellow and green.

Laburnum is not a good choice for a family garden, since all parts of it are toxic.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 20th, 2013 at 02:28:56 AM EST
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Heh, those are details I don't notice consciously but all of them rang a bell after you described them... Forsythia is indeed much more widespread, but Laburnum exists, too. (I wondered if I can photograph one today, but having checked, it apparently flowers from May only.) Regarding the toxicity, I do remember being told as a child to not touch it. (BTW, the Hungarian names translate to "golden tree" for Forsythia and "golden rain" for Laburnum.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Apr 21st, 2013 at 02:59:47 PM EST
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(church bells were tolling when I shot the photo).

Moments.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 04:27:22 PM EST
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beautiful, IW, thanks!

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 06:47:37 PM EST
Great photos.
It's not spring where I live but I'll try to find some of my flowers to post...
I like spring...even more then summer...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 08:39:29 PM EST

My most beautiful flower...my granddaughter :)

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 08:44:03 PM EST



Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 at 09:29:07 PM EST
Too easy! Flowers all year round in Queensland :)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Apr 20th, 2013 at 04:13:11 PM EST
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Hopefully I'll soon be able to post beach pictures where we are not in winter coats...

Today is still on the fresh side, but the big novelty is to have the sunset at 9pm. Given that last time round we almost had snow, it feels like massive change...

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Apr 21st, 2013 at 05:11:57 AM EST
This morning I was in Kismaros again, and tested the abilities of my new camera with flower photographs. I am guessing the type of some of the flowering plants, the experts shall verify it!

I believe the red/yellow one on the first two photos is a tulip, and the white flowers are poet's narcissi.

A pair of another type of red-yellow flowers:

General view of two flowering bushes (the yellow one must be Forsythia) and a flowering fruit tree and close-ups on each:

These could be lily-flowered tulips:

No flowers here, 'just' a man reaping grass for his cart-drawing horse, with the castle hill of Visegrád in the background:

Another view of the castle hill of Visegrád, this time from the pedestrian bridge of the mainline railway station of Kismaros, with the trees along the Danube visible. The purple flowers on the right should be syringa:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Apr 28th, 2013 at 07:11:34 AM EST
beautiful pocs DoDo...

love the horse and scythe-man one especially.

it may be lilac in the last pic. is that another name for syringa?

the hills look very like this part of umbria.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Apr 28th, 2013 at 07:34:52 AM EST
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Yes, lilac is the common name for syringa.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Apr 28th, 2013 at 08:15:18 AM EST
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In the close-ups, the yellow flowers are forsythia. The pink ones look like Japanese quince. I don't know what the white ones are.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Apr 28th, 2013 at 08:16:49 AM EST
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The white one should be a cherry tree.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Apr 28th, 2013 at 09:58:12 AM EST
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Poet's narcissus is also known as daffodil.  The white petals and short red trumpet have been my favourite type of daffodil since I was little.  Tulips are another favourite.  Mine are starting to flower in the garden now.  
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 29th, 2013 at 10:13:42 AM EST
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Well, the lilac is in flower, so it's time to plant the potatoes.

(Unsolicited piece of French folk wisdom. I'm missing my garden, in spite of the flaky weather)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Apr 29th, 2013 at 10:21:51 AM EST
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Exactly. Lilac blossom, plant potatoes.

Or be elegiac:

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash'd palings,
Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle--and from this bush in the dooryard,
With delicate-color'd blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig with its flower I break.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Apr 29th, 2013 at 11:09:28 AM EST
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Beautiful...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Thu May 2nd, 2013 at 08:22:37 AM EST
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Spring is Sprung, and Morris dancers are wild



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Apr 28th, 2013 at 05:26:21 PM EST
Not my picture : a friend took it on Saturday near Saint Etienne

"Les chênes fleuris d'avril"

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Apr 29th, 2013 at 10:29:00 AM EST


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