Black and white version of this photo.
“Known as the ambassador of spring, Crocus are often the first blooms of the spring. According to Greek mythology, crocuses sprung from the land where Greek gods Zeus and Hura lived as symbol of their love. Originating in Crete, Crocuses were brought to Holland in the 16th century. The name means yellow saffron, as certain varieties of crocus are used to produce the spice saffron. Today, Dutch Crocuses are larger and more vibrantly colored than their saffron producing relatives.” [Source]
This was taken in 2009 when I lived in Southern California.
“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” –Henry Van Dyke
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.” –John Lubbock
This photo was taken in 2012 when I lived in Reno, Nevada. This is a business park that is located up the street from where I used to live. I call the photo “Secret Garden” because from the street you could not see how beautifully it was landscaped.
“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”
“As you journey through life, choose your destinations well, but do not hurry there. You will arrive soon enough. Wander the back roads and forgotten paths, keeping your destination in your heart like the fixed point of a compass. Seek out new voices, strange sights, and ideas foreign to your own. Such things are riches for the soul. And, if upon arrival, you find that your destination is not exactly as you had dreamed, do not be disappointed. Think of all you would have missed but for the journey there, and know that the true worth of your travels lies not in where you come to be at the journey’s end, but who you came to be along the way.” –Unknown Author