28 January 2014 @ 11:50 am
Random Beauty  
Trudging back home, after a long morning of errands while feeling like I've been trampled by rhinos, I saw this blooming away in front of a neighbor's:

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asakiyume: dewdropasakiyume on January 28th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
**wonderful**

Thank you.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
:-)
Terri-Lynne DeFinobogwitch64 on January 28th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Just kind of lifts some of the drek off your body, doesn't it?
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm afeared the drek has got hold of me pretty good, but the rest of the family all maintain it'll pass along to some other luckless wight anon.
Terri-Lynne DeFinobogwitch64 on January 28th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
Boo. Sorry you're feeling poorly.
shewhomustshewhomust on January 28th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
I have been known to stop and smell the neighbour's roses; and your photo catches that casual beauty so well!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on January 28th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have one deep purple primrose in the back flower beds thats blooming, everything else is just a dream.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely!
Lucy Huntzingerathenais on January 28th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
It's delightful to see the magnolias and tulip trees blooming already. This is wonderful.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
So that's what they are!

Yes indeed.
ellarien: pinkellarien on January 28th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful! Here we have the promise of spring bulbs but not much else. At least I have an orchid in my kitchen window.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
Another neighbor has orchids all along her front--they should be blooming soon.
rasmusbrasmusb on January 28th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
This was from today?
LOL -- we're shocked & happy up here (Alberta, Canada) with the bizarrely warm winter temps (currently -2 C -- yesterday 7am was -25c). So seeing leafy & blooming trees is a shock. :)

Damn curvature of the earth. Well it gives us REALLY long summer days so I guess it works out?
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: This was from today?
Long summer nights would be torture here--I am always so relieved in the heat of June to have the sun going down earlier, because those last four or five months of summer are far worse than the earlier two or three months of it.

But yep, shot today, as I trudged home sweatily with my sun hat keeping me from sunburn.
steepholmsteepholm on January 28th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
A different world! It's good to see things unfurling...
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
:-)
Rachel M Brownrachelmanija on January 29th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
How beautiful!

Are you sick?
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 29th, 2014 04:21 am (UTC)
Stupid cold has totally sandbagged me.
Rachel M Brownrachelmanija on January 29th, 2014 04:21 am (UTC)
Boo.
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on January 29th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
How lovely!

I don't know about your area, but up here, all the white blooming trees/bushes/etc. and the pink have bloomed at the same time this year. (Usually, we get white first, then pink, and later, purple.)

Everything just exploded. :)

And, now, it's supposed to be back down in the 30's this weekend. The rain they'd originally predicted is now nowhere in the forecast. :(
anna_wing on January 29th, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
Magnolias are so beautiful. I remember being in San Francisco one spring many years ago and being taken to see the magnolia collection in full bloom in an arboretum in Golden Gate Park. It was extraordinarily lovely, especially against the blue sky, like yours. New York city had nice ones in a small park downtown too.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 29th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
They really are quite lovely. I've been going that way rather than the shadier walk just because of that tree.
anna_wing on January 30th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
A parasol, that's the ticket. One of those nice Japanese folding umbrellas with UV ratings guaranteed to maintain the perfect, pale Japanese complexion in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 30th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
I need to get one of those. I have two parasols, but they are getting very old and delicate.
anna_wing on January 30th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
The good thing about them is that they are perfectly useful for rain too, so you can just carry them in your bag all year.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 30th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
Heh! I think I've used an umbrella maybe three times in my life, and at least one of those was in Europe.
abwarwick on January 29th, 2014 10:49 am (UTC)
Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.
Nothing but snow and bare branches out where I am....
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 29th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
You will soon be surrounded by beauty while we just swelter.
Helen: Decemberheleninwales on January 29th, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
Flowers! So pretty! And a blue sky! :)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 29th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Alas, the blue sky is never away from us, sigh.
(Anonymous) on January 31st, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
Beautiful. We'll have to wait till approx. Apirl to get something like this.

On the other hand, we have snow, which is nice as well.

Cora
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 31st, 2014 04:22 am (UTC)
It is parched and dry here, alas.
Jeannine Garseeonegrapeshy on February 3rd, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
That made my day!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on February 3rd, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
:-)