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Real Life Magic

On April 30th I walked along the creek near our house, and below is what it looked like.

The last day in April, and it seemed like instead of hibernation, plant life had died a permanent death. Where was spring? Would I ever see color again?

A couple of days later, I zoomed in on just a dribble of yellow across the other side of the creek.

It was someone’s back yard, so I don’t know if they planted them or if a magic fairy waved a wand across the dry, gray dirt. But still, not much life was showing yet.

A couple more days passed and these dandi weeds popped up in our yard. There seems to be way more than usual this year.

Ten days from the date of my walk by the creek, on May 10th, I stepped out of my house with the dog for a walk and what did I see?

POOF! Sprawling color.

Vivid hues burst out of nowhere . . . .everywhere. How did it happen that everything was dead, and a couple days later . . . LIFE?

Literally, one day I took notice of little bits of green dotting my neighbor’s lilac bush. The very next day, majestic mauve blooms carpeted the entire plant, and their fresh perfume nearly bowled me over.

Would you believe how precious my boy, Max is (below)? He politely stopped and waited patiently for dozens of clicks with my camera.

Anneli, is that a dogwood bush behind Max? If not, what kind is it? The fragrance is sweet, like jasmine, but they don’t look like jasmine. At least not like the jasmine that I used to see growing in Florida.

Speaking of Florida, I posted a long time ago that living there reminded me of the movie Pleasantville. Except, the weather was not as pleasant in Florida as in the movie. The similarity was that everything always stayed the same. Aside from an occasional home-wrecking hurricane, life was as dull as black and white.

I have to say that living in Florida for so long opened my eyes to magic! After moving back home to the Midwest, I now see the majesty of the world we live in. Within ten days, my environment went from black and white to full on color.

It’s not only spring that’s so magical either.

It’s rustic foliage during the lyrical descent into hibernation.

and flittering white pixie dust.

The changes are like a fantasy novel.

If you haven’t seen that movie, Pleasantville, check out the trailer.

The meaning of that movie is beautiful to me, especially after living in black and white for two and a half decades, then coming home to full color.

It’s real life . . . MAGIC.




22 thoughts on “Real Life Magic”

  1. Beautiful photos! I know what you mean! Everything seemed to have bloomed at once. I took photos of the blossoming trees near me. All of the blossoms have disappeared. Leaves have sprung out, seemingly overnight!

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  2. Lori, thank you for sharing the wonderful array of colours of your Spring… a sense of awe for us all! Bless Max for his patience and stillness. I too felt surprised how quick the bright flowers suddenly appeared … a bit sad though as many are now finishing their blooms! All too fast and been too chilly to be out much to enjoy them all! Enjoy your life of colour, my friend! 🌻🌺

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    1. Too bad the blooms don’t last very long, right? I make sure to smell them every day.

      I’m lucky, Max is such a good boy. Thanks for checking out my spontaneous spring, Annika. Hope it warms up for you soon.

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  3. I was just thinking this very thing yesterday on my evening walk. I marveled at how last week, there was little color. Last night, however, the trees were much fuller with leaves, flowers were blooming, lawns were luscious. Gorgeous to see, and I agree–it is very much like magic.

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      1. Hi Lynette. I’m glad to meet someone else who enjoyed that movie. Most people I mention it to have never even heard of it.

        Lilacs are my favorite flower. They didn’t grow in Florida, so I hadn’t seen them in 25 years before I moved back. My favorite is the last photo of the lilacs with the beam of light.

        Thanks for the nice comment :-).

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    1. Thanks, Jill. I had to wait until we were well into May this year, but I’m grateful it’s finally here. Thanks for the nice comment on my photos. 🙂

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    1. Hi Anneli, Yep we finally have spring. I can’t believe it didn’t happen until into May. Thanks for checking out that flowering bush. I have a closer picture of it. I may email it to you and see what you think.

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  4. I wonder if what you are asking about (the shrub behind Max) might be a dogwood shrub. They have flowers that are a bit different from the dogwood tree. The photo isn’t clear enough for me to tell when I zoom in on it, but if the leaves have creases where the veins would be, that’s one of the indications it could be a dogwood shrub. Pretty flowering shrub, whatever it is.


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