When Winter Seems Long

posted by Sharon March 6, 2012 13 Comments

Spring is on the way. Have you seen the signs yet where you live? Sunday afternoon I enjoyed a walk on the island of Coronado. Blue skies, warm sun, and riots of flowers. Color bursts and blooms everywhere, announcing the end of winter is near.

We actually skate through a mild winter here, but still, trees lose leaves and bushes sit waiting to show their colors. How unappealing would nature be if the old didn’t die and decay? Trees wouldn’t have room for buds. The shine of new growth would be lost in the tangle of lackluster vegetation. We can be thankful that last year’s flowers are long gone, and now the stage is set to show off fresh life.

The season of renewal is here. What makes it so welcome is the wait. The barren winter lasts awhile, long enough to make us yearn for spring. If leaves fluttered to the ground one day and new green appeared the next, we wouldn’t realize how grateful we should be when the branches sprout anew. If blooms showed off their beauty year-round, we wouldn’t know the longing for them, the anticipation.

It’s the same in our lives, isn’t it? Waiting can be so tough. Waiting can last long. Barren seasons drag on. But new life will come. Winter doesn’t last. Spring always follows. And spring is so much sweeter because we’ve survived the winter.

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays , Leigh vs. Laundry, and Texture Tuesdays. Photos are processed with a layer of Kim Klassen’s texture, Happy Heart.

 

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13 Comments

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Nikki March 6, 2012 at 6:16 am

I love the vibrant colours in your images. My favourite picture is of the bike with the potted plants.

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Eija March 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

Lovely images, and you’re making me quite envious – riots of flowers around here are a sign of midsummer, not spring, and both are still far away. We still have about one metre of snow, and this morning the temperature was -21 degrees C.

But yes, I totally agree with you: having survived a long dark winter spring is so much sweeter. And for me, despite the snow and the temperature, spring is already here – today we have about 11 hours of sunshine instead of the 4 hours in January.

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Nics Cahill March 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

Sharon, what beautiful photographs, and words. I have been thinking a lot about waiting recently & feel that I am in this time, but nearer the end. It is very hard, but I know that I want to push through.

“The season of renewal is here. What makes it so welcome is the wait.”

This sentence sums up how I am feeling. I wrote a thought for the day, that I broadcast on the BBC, about how we wait for spring, and how, in this dark time we grow roots, that enable us to truly blossom, in the light.

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Sharon March 7, 2012 at 3:28 am

Your BBC broadcast thought is beautifully said, Nics!

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melaine March 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Made MY HEART happy for sure.

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A Garden of Threads March 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Love the bicycle and red flowers.

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Tammy March 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Beautiful photos!!! Excited for spring! 🙂

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secret mom thoughts March 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Beautiful photos. I’m jealous of all the pretty colors.

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Teresa O March 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

What vibrant images! The geraniums surrounding the bicycle is especially pleasing to me.

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Carol March 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I love geraniums – and thanks to you, these are the first I’ve seen this year. Especially love them used on the bike. Great photo!

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Amarie March 7, 2012 at 6:57 am

Simply gorgeous!

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Curt March 8, 2012 at 5:11 am

Beautiful pictures!

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Tara March 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

This makes me so excited for spring!! 🙂

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