Spring in the Hill Country.

I love this time of year in Austin.  The hills look like broccoli.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And the golden-cheeked warbler returns for nesting season.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I wish it lasted longer, but I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Feeling a little blue.

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Big blooms already in our bluebonnet patch out back

Spring is in full gear in Austin!   Temps swing between the 40’s and 80’s every few days.  The wildflowers and trees are in bloom.   Trying to make sense of just how quickly the year seems to have flown by, I looked back over my calendar, only to realize that I have been out of town four of the first ten weeks of the year.  Yep, that’ll do it.

I’m looking forward to getting out and about to take in all the beautiful sights.  This is the prettiest time of the year.

Bed time. 

I got a bit of a late start, but I finally tended to my fenceline flowerbed.   Plumbago, liriope, red salvia, autumn sage, gaillardia, may night salvia, tickseed, geranium, flowering sage,  and a couple white annuals. 

I’m looking forward to some color!  

Bonnets of blue.

The wildflower patch out back didn’t yield much last year.   This year we have a few patches of bluebonnets.   They’ve started to show their beautiful colors.IMG_3027

Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s day!

Jasmine!

We have a fence along the south side of our lot that has several flowering vines covering it. Some Carolina Jessamine. Some orange trumpet vine. And some jasmine. The winds have turned back out of the south again, where they should be. So our backyard is engulfed in the entrancing fragrance of jasmine. I love spring!

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Waiting for Spring.

Though we’re already a few days into Spring, a chill has been in the air from the latest cold front.  Monte and I weeded the flower bed along the fence.  It’s ready for some spring flower sets.  I think I’ll wait another week.  St. Francis will have to hold down the fort a little longer.

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Bienvenido a la primavera!

A spring vignette - black & white.

First day of spring!   It rained buckets overnight.  The front passed through here about 1:30AM this morning.  It dumped a ton of rain in the Hill Country, so the lakes are on the rise!  As of right now, Lake Travis has risen 4′ since this time yesterday (@ 636.7′), and is expected to rise another couple of feet, as they have the flood gates open on Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls, to let their overflow pass through.

After work tonight I took a walk out back to see what I could see.  One of the birdbaths caught my eye.  The water was so calm, like glass.   There were leaves in the bottom of it, but I didn’t want to disturb the surface of the water, so I just took it as is.  I like how the cedar elm tree above it is reflected in the surface.

The shot above is after I changed it to black & white.  The original is below.   I like the B&W better.   It seems to show much more detail of the reflection.   How about you?

A spring vignette - original.

Baby red oak leaves.

Tiny leaves.

Spring has sprung in Austin!  Every year the red oak tree leafs out with the tiniest of leaves.  They sure grow fast.

They’re pretty when they are full size, but after they fall to the ground and cover the entire front lawn, I wish they were this small again.

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Signs o life.

Tee-gee-eye-eff!   I am looking forward to a break this weekend.  The weather has been fantastic.  Maybe we’ll get some time in the yard and in the shop varnishing.   Most of all I look forward to spending time with the people I enjoy so much.

The trees out back are starting to show their colors.  It won’t be long until everything is green again.   can’t wait!