Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring Percolates Under April Skies

I WAS FEELING FOOLISH on the first day of April when I bundled up in a warm coat and scarf. It had been a cold rainy week and this one day surprised me with its warmth and blue skies over Elgin Heritage Park.

Blue was reflected in the puddles as joggers ran past wearing light t-shirts.

Blue also ribboned the marshland where spring was percolating to a choir of what seemed to be hundreds of tiny Pacific tree frogs singing ribbit-ribbit from within the grasses.

Birds chirped louder, daffodils beamed brighter, the grass was greener and ...

the river was less muddy and gray.

The mirrored clouds rippled in the water like balls of cotton stretched out.

No one knows for sure how April Fool’s Day got started. It might have something to do with the Gregorian calendar moving the first day of the year from April 1 to January 1 in the 16th Century. But I think it could also have something to do with the pranks the changeable weather plays.

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Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

14 comments:

  1. April is blue here too - both in color and temperature.

    Lovely lyrical shots.

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  2. These are all wonderful shot. I love how you catch reflections in puddles. Fun that we both had a similar idea for this week's sky watch.

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  3. Hi Carver, Funny, too, that we both had similar breaks in the weather on April Fool's Day even though we live a great distance apart. :)

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  4. Great reflections!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. We're enjoying some beautiful blue as well! Love your captures for the day and the reflections! It is great to see some promises of spring, isn't it!! Have a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  6. A beautiful sky in your pictures!Happy SkyWatch to you!

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  7. That is a wonderful series of photos, I would love walking around a place like that.

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  8. I'll vote for the changeable weather! You've some lovely images of spring in your world.

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  9. Nice display of shots on your walk. Love the clouds reflecting in the water.

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  10. Hi Penelope,

    Sometimes, April Fool's Day tricks us in a good way, and I'm really happy that was the case for us with the weather last Sunday :) Some things about Spring are guaranteed, no matter the weather. Erika and Dale's message, and the Spring ritual of selecting a mate came back to me when I walked yesterday. Two boys were skipping rocks while a girl watched. As friendly as they appeared to be, there was competition for her admiration judged by the distance each could get his stone to travel. A bit further on, there was almost the same scene, except with ducks, and instead of skipping rocks, it seemed to be which one could stretch his neck the higher. Anyhow, as always, I enjoyed looking at your photos and reading your thoughts :)

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  11. I like the theory about April first and the changeable weather; we have sure had some weather extremes recently. Lovely pictures, you have captured some beautiful reflections.

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  12. Oh my goodness...your page has gotten even more beautiful! Lovely shots...and aren't we glad to finally get some sun. That said, today we went from blue skies in Newton to a fierce rainstorm in Whalley in the space of fifteen minutes.

    I do hope you're having a wonderful Easter weekend...:)

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  13. Lovely scenes.

    Regards and best wishes

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  14. I really like it, Penelope, when you capture blue skies in puddles or brooks. You’re really good at it. In my part of the world, April came in like a lion like our usual beginning of March.

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