Soaking Up the Sun

posted by Sharon April 14, 2015 28 Comments
Kansas Spring

I’m gonna soak up the sun . . .
                Sheryl Crow

Spring, sun, and warming days have come to Kansas. On a visit last week, the transition from winter’s bare branches to spring’s color was evident and so fascinating to this California girl (where sun is pretty much a constant). The trees wait for green to sprout, but on bushes the green unfurls.

The tulips that herald the new season did not disappoint. Color burst up from the ground everywhere.

The buds promise more blooms to come.

Meanwhile the trees decorated Kansas City in lovely white and pink.

I learned that tulips grow on tulip trees. Most of the delicate blossoms blew off the trees in a recent storm, but a few hang on.

The most striking herald of spring for me is the forsythia bushes, ablaze in yellow.

This week in Kansas we enjoyed the sun, taking long walks around the neighborhood and in parks. It’s obvious that spring is arriving, but the starkness of winter is alongside the new life.

Buds will open with time and more sun.

Isn’t this a picture of life for most of us? Troubles have stripped some branches bare, but love and warmth and care nurture budding beauty. Life holds the promise of the new, the potential for blooming. A storm may strip the young blooms, but more are on the way.

How about you? How is spring looking where you live? Does life hold some welcome budding joys?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Life Thru the Lens, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The photos of the white pear trees are edited with Kim Klassen’s Lightroom preset Dreamlike. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the song is “Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow.

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28 Comments

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Carol B. April 14, 2015 at 2:23 am

Wow, lots of Spring growth Sharon. We’re working on it!

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elizabethfstewart April 14, 2015 at 4:41 am

Such beautiful spring photos! There are too many favorites to choose from!

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Evelyn in Oregon April 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

What a wonderful array of spring blossoms! ( I’m curious about what the first one is…)
The street scene is so beautiful with those giant trees, and the range of colors and textures you’ve captured is just fabulous.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin April 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

I just love seeing the first pop of green emerge – we’re a few days (I hope!) away!

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Ariadne April 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

Gorgeous flower photos!Isn’t spring the most beautiful of seasons?AriadnefromGreece!

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Tom The Backroads Traveller April 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

These flowers are indeed soaking up the sun. Nice. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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NIcki April 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

The buds are shaping up good on the trees but other than the occasional grouping of daffodils, we have yet to see the spring flowers locally. The capitol 45 minutes away is packed with them (and I would walk down and take pictures if it could just.stop.raining).

Beautiful collection of spring.

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Roxanne April 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Yay!!! Spring!!! What beautiful images!

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Michelle B April 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Your images are beautiful! Spring is always a welcome sight. Our spring in Ohio is a little behind yours, no blossoms on the trees yet… but soon.

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Kristy, LifenReflection April 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm

It looks like Spring found you! Love these, come and share with us in the Texture Twist!

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kim at picking poppies April 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Wow, what a symphony of color and beauty here!!

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Dotti April 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Spring is so lovely, isn’t it? And your photos awaken the excitement I always feel when the very first buds and flowers and leaves begin to emerge. Beautifully done!

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Ida P. Krause April 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Isn’t spring grand! Our trees have been blooming now for a couple of weeks and it’s glorious. Loved all your lovely photos.

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Jackie April 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Great photos of spring sprouting!
We’ve been driving across country from LA to Toronto, currently in Pittsburgh.
So it has been fascinating watching spring as move north.

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Dina April 15, 2015 at 1:24 am

Beautiful signs of Spring!

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Buckeroomama April 15, 2015 at 1:57 am

It’s so great to go visit different blogs these days and see all these lovely flower shots! I love seeing the tulips especially.

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Jill Foley April 15, 2015 at 2:02 am

Gorgeous photos!

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Amy April 15, 2015 at 4:10 am

very nice! the tulips are my favourite 🙂

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prairiejill April 15, 2015 at 4:22 am

Oh, such beautiful flowers!

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Earl April 15, 2015 at 5:08 am

Beautiful series of Spring unfolding around you. All beautiful . . . my favorite is the single tulip magnolia blossom.

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Barbara April 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Beautiful pictures! The first one is my favorite… How do you get that…effect? If you can share… Have a nice week!!

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carolina April 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Those are some amazing pictures!!! It sure feels like spring! That´s the good thing about seasons… here is always spring/summer, but that means is always green not necesarilly flowery!

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image-in-ing April 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Wonderful captures!
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/04/cat-on-ladder.html

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Molly April 15, 2015 at 10:23 pm

I love the yellow….. the best colour for spring flowers

Mollyxxx

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hrt2art@yahoo.com April 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

Oh my, spring is in its magnificent glory there!

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Kathy April 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

Just look at those gorgeous colors! Lovin that PINK! Thanks for linking up to Song-ography.

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Lisa @ SLP April 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Kansas City… Sharon we are close to each other. We might just need to meet up in KC sometime. And Forsythia, my absolute favorite!

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jesh stg April 22, 2015 at 2:50 am

Beautiful captures of Spring. much more cheerful than the war museum:)

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