Week 12: Seasonal

So I’m pulling another theme from my alternate list this week, because, ya know, I wanna ūüôā ¬†You know I love the chance to talk about all things spring and summer, and since the alternate list has this week’s theme as “seasonal”, I’m all about it!

Going to Florida always gets me a little out of whack weather wise, but I’m happy to report that things have warmed up around here. ¬†We may be looking at a cold front for the rest of the month, allegedly, but I’ll take a cooler spring over two feet of snow any day. ¬†Even with the chillier than normal temperatures, it’s been warm enough for the world to blossom, and I’ve been happy to enjoy it and capture some springy moments.

First, let me start with a little ode to the cherry blossoms…

They’re always some of my favorites. ¬†I wish they would last a little longer, but with the first windy day, they’re gone. ¬†I’m happy to have had a sunny day off where I got to wander around a little and snap some photos. ¬†It was actually one of those windy days while I was photographing these, so it was a little difficult to capture a clear image. ¬†Luckily, I did, and I was also lucky enough to snap a few of the baby bumble bees which were fluttering around the blossoms and fighting the wind. ¬†Poor little things — they would be there one second, happily bouncing from flower to flower, and then woosh! ¬†A huge gust of wind would come, and they’d be gone. ¬†They’re tough though — they made it back ūüôā

As for some of the other flavors of spring, you always get the same first visitors; daffodils, hyacinths, and the cute little “weed” flowers, you know, from the weeds that grow in the grass….not that…I’m not talking about¬†that! ¬†But while I was on vacation a couple weeks ago, and at the Bok Tower Gardens, I took advantage of the garden part of that visit, and took pictures of the gorgeous things they had in bloom there. It was really a fun place to see, and you should check it out if you’re in the area. ¬†According to their website, something is always in bloom, and I wouldn’t doubt it; the weather there is perfect for year-round blooms. ¬†While I was there, I’m pretty sure I was fortunate¬†enough to make it during one of their peak bloom season, and among other things, was able to enjoy their Japanese Magnolias, Camellias, and Nun’s Orchids. ¬†It was a beautiful walk, and smelled amazing! ¬†Even as we were a few minutes away and driving up to the gardens, you could smells the flowers. ¬†So while I’m dreaming of warmer weather on this chilly spring night, enjoy these photos of the little promises that warmer weather is right around the corner!

 

Around the City

So as mentioned in last week’s post, the “business” task of the 52 week challenge was to complete a “personal shoot”. ¬†Basically, that’s a free-pass, do-whatever-you-want type shoot! ¬†So with spring finally in bloom, which was the theme of my “fresh start” shoot, I wanted to get out and see a little more of spring, particularly, the infamous cherry blossoms in DC. ¬†Infamous, you may ask? ¬†Simply put, yes. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, they’re beautiful, and it’s great to be down by the water of the Tidal Basin, see the monuments, and enjoy the petals of the cherry blossoms fluttering around in the wind while in peak bloom. ¬†The problem is, everyone else has that same mentality, making that part of DC a parking lot for a good week during April every year (ah! ¬†It’s April — felt weird saying that! ¬†Summer is around the corner!).

So my good friend and fellow photographer, Curtkennedy (check out his Instagram, follow him, he’s great!), braved the city under the guise that since it was a week day, peak bloom had hit a few days prior, and the cherry blossom festival was over, that the traffic would be gone too. ¬†We were unpleasantly surprised. ¬†Apparently, we weren’t the only ones with the idea of “weekdays will be less crowded”, as there was tons of people and nowhere to park! ¬†So, to make the effort of driving right to the cherry blossoms and not getting out of the car worth it, we did a couple of drive by shoots, and I’m happy with what I got. ¬†There’s really only so much you can shoot of the same trees before all of your photos start looking redundant. ¬†There was a specific shot or two that I wanted to get, but was unable to from the car. ¬†I’ll just have to wait until another, less crowded, trip to DC to give it another go ūüôā

Not bad for not leaving the car, if I may say so myself! ¬†Luckily for me, my friend isn’t as much of a homebody as I am, and knows his way around DC pretty well. ¬†He started talking about places he’s enjoyed shooting and would like to shoot in the future, when we discovered we shared a love for the abandoned/graffiti¬†stuff. ¬†Yay! ¬†So off we went to this little skate park to check out some cool graffiti¬†art. ¬†The skate park was actually located next to a cute little playground, and wasn’t abandoned, per sey, but the fact that it was under an overpass, and is the odd ball in the neighborhood, it had that same look. ¬†All the graffiti¬†helped too, of course. ¬†So good thing we didn’t give up on DC for the day.

Love the colors and vibrancy of this type of art. ¬†This definitely has me thinking that I need to get out more and do a little more exploring. ¬†I’ve lived 15 mins away from DC for pretty much my whole life, and never get around to checking it out! ¬†A shame, I know, but this is some good motivation!

Springing in to a Fresh Start

April showers bring May flowers!

Well, we may have been missing out on an abundance of April showers, but we’re getting a sneak preview of what the May flowers are going to be! ¬†Thankfully, it appears that winter has taken its last bitter breath, and we are finally in the midst of spring. ¬†A new season, a new beginning, and a fresh start for lots of little flowers, plants, and creatures. ¬†Oh yes…creatures. ¬†Luckily, the only “creatures” I encountered this week were the pleasant¬†ones; tons of chirping birds, my normal encounters with my roommates (aka – the ladybug infestation), and tons of little bees buzzing around as I was out and about today. ¬†I’m glad I decided to keep it simple this week. ¬†We had great weather, and it was nice enjoying the outdoors and taking some photos of the flowers and budding blossoms. ¬†Though I didn’t get to explore much of the outdoors, snapping these flower photos inspired me to (hopefully) get out to the cherry blossoms which are in “peak bloom” in D.C. ¬†Seems like even though I’m so close by, I’m always missing them. ¬†I might have to make the effort and get out there this week, particularly since the business task for this week is a “personal shoot”, meaning to basically just shoot whatever you want, and I’ve been wanting to do this for years! ¬†Enjoy the pics, and perhaps this won’t be the last you’re seeing of the spring blossoms:)

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.

-Lewis Grizzard