Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #105 – Spring

Spring invites us into a fairy land of imagination where flowers bloom with joy, butterflies fly with song, and love dances with love.
Debasish Mridha

This week, Tina is our host on Spring. ”Noted by poets and lyricists as a season of hope and renewal, spring teaches us that despite (or perhaps because of) the hardships of winter, our world will once again blossom with new life.  As we continue to deal with the issues of the day, spring teaches us to remain hopeful despite our challenges.”

Yes, there will always be more written on Spring – the joy, the returning of the light and the renewal of life. In southern Sweden, where I live, the cranes are the first heralds of spring, gigantic V – ploughs in the skies, heading for their breeding places up north.

Magic birds were dancing in the mystic marsh. The grass swayed with them, and the shallow waters, and the earth fluttered under them. The earth was dancing with the cranes, and the low sun, and the wind and sky.

― Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Every year, in March and the beginning of April, tens of thousands of cranes return from Africa to Sweden to rest at Hornborgasjön. This day, in 2014, there were more than 19000 of them. Their trumpeting calls were deafening, but their dancing joy was pure ballet.

I watch the trees all dressed up in the Spring,
While posing as they stand in line,
Placing their best foot forward, showing off their leaves and fighting for attention,
One tree at a time
Charmaine J Forde 

Trees are at my heart, and this forest is my home every day – not the least in May.

Spring is not a season; it is a mysterious illusionist who sets off fireworks in the depths of our soul!
Mehmet Murat ildan

When the rapeseed unleashes its yellow flames – I am there with camera, and eyes aglow.

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
Rainer Maria Rilke 

This cherry tree was planted when my daughter Emma was born, 30 years ago.

In the winter you may want the summer; in the summer, you may want the autumn; in the autumn, you may want the winter; but only in the spring you dream and want no other season but the spring!
Mehmet Murat ildan

I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.
Virginia Woolf

Tina writes that ”We have been given the gift of time – to learn more about ourselves and the world around us, and to develop a new or renewed appreciation for living every moment.” I am convinced this is a lesson for us all, and even more for some. Hopefully we will come out better humans, humans knowing that we should not return completely to the old ways of living. What we need is a sustainable world – and that is the gift we must hand over to our children.

Thank you for all your funny, creative and lovely summer memories and we hope to see you next week, when Patti is our host for Autumn. Until then, stay safe and well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CFFC: Columns and Vertical Line(s)

Columns and Vertical Line(s) for this Tuesday – natural ones and man made.

The header – my forest

Riga, outdoor museum

Copenhagen, old reserves with installation

Morocco, construction area

 

 

CFFC: Letter W

Letter W – Needs to start with W and have two vowels in the word (window, wheel, wagon, working, weather, woodshed, woman)

 

In the header – Wisteria – a favorite flower in every respect!

 

Woman. One of my favorites -a collegue of mine, waiting for Heathcliff on the moors!

Window. From a silent, late evening walk in the old part of Riga.

Cee’s B&W Challenge: Any Tracks And Trains

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Tracks and Trains

Late night in Riga. We rode one station too far and had to walk back. A bit scary though…

CFFC: Houses and/or Barns

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Houses and/or Barns

A great topic from Cee – again! Here is a couple of my favourite houses and – what is left of an old barn…

I fell in love with this little abandoned house in Riga.

And this painted house in Switzerland is rather spectacular.

CFFC: Doors and Drawers

Two favourites from Riga! Drawers from Tom’s Drag and the door from a walk in old town.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors and Drawers

CB&W Challenge: Fences and Gates

Fences and gates are often in my lens. Not only because of their beauty, but often because of their originality, showing off the inventive spirit of their builders.

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Riga outdoor museum

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For Cee’s Fences also, in the header, a Swiss alpine fence.

More inspiration here.

SL-WEEK 39: Candle

 

Candle light in Sweden is perhaps mostly connected to winter and Christmas time. In the header, the wreath of box and candles I make every year for our dining room.

For Sylvain Landry – Candle.

Medieval restaurant in Riga – only candle light.

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The chandelier in Frösö Church, Jämtland, Sweden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A simple candle at my winter table.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything

Many things comes in twos – go to Cee for more!