Sunday, May 8, 2011

All It Took Was 20 Minutes

I've been wanting to do it all week and all it took was 20 minutes.  I have been pretty housebound since Willow got sick.  My job is more flexible than my hub's, so I have been spending an awful lot of time inside taking care of her.

Before the events of the past 2 weeks, my girl was the #1 photographer's assistant--coming on photo walks and waiting as I took endless photographs without a whimper or complaint.  Now, although she is on the mend, she is not ready to join me outside for this type of walk...at least not yet.  So, this afternoon I left the hub in charge and went outside for a quick, 20-minute photo walk before the spring season passed me by.


I am lucky that the apartment building where I live has some amazing gardens right on our grounds, so I didn't even have to go far.



I even liked these little red seedlings that fell of a nearby tree.  It's amazing what beauty you can find when you just look.  All it took was 20 minutes, a little fresh air, and a camera in my hands to give me a fresh perspective.



I know I have said it already, but again, my sincerest, most heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been following my story with Willow and supporting us with your comments.  She has started to walk on her own again--albeit still a little wobbly, but I love her all the same.  Actually, even more than ever :)



I am also linking up with Kat's Exploring With A Camera today.  This week's assignment is "visual contrast".  I think the seedling photos above could be viewed as soft/hard or natural/human-made or colorful/neutral...




And finally, my first time linking up at The Creative Exchange.


33 comments:

Nancy said...

Awww -- what a lovely Mother's Day post, because after all, Willow is your little baby girl. :)

So glad you were able to get out and "breathe". I'm sure it did wonders. Have a happy week!

Kristy said...

So beautiful. We are so lucky to find beauty in our surroundings.

Linda Makiej said...

Wonderful photos here!!
Glad I found you to follow!!

Virginia said...

Great photos! Love the maple seedlings. :) We called them "helicopters" when I was growing up in Virginia (the state, not the me).

Traci said...

Beautiful pics. I'm glad to hear your Willow is feeling better. What type a camera did you use for those shots?

Anna said...

Beautiful spring color! Tulips always mean spring to me :) Tell Willow to keep up the good work on that path to full health.

camaca said...

I think the two last ones are simply great

Kat Sloma said...

I agree, the seedling photos are great visual contrast! All of those types of contrast came to my mind too. It increases the impact of the image, I think! Thanks for participating in Exploring with a Camera.

Donna said...

Happy that Willow is coming along...good news!
The flowers are Beautiful! It helps to get out of the house and explore...
Happy day to you...
hughugs

Jacey said...

Beautiful spring photos here! It's amazing that in just a few minutes, we can change our outlook. I'm glad you got that much-needed refresher, and I'm glad Willow is feeling a bit more like herself!

Dorian Susan said...

Willow is wobbly walking-so wonderful to hear. My Tula is most often my asst. as well-but I do like to go out without her sometimes as a treat to myself. So glad you caught some beautiful colors-and in 20 min!! Great use of time, I'd say.

Lou Belcher said...

beautiful... Spring.

Lou

justine said...

What a fantastic set of shots, these are lovely.

Oliag said...

These flower photos make such a beautiful floral photo bouquet! Thank you!

I am so glad to hear that your baby is mending slow but sure:)

Jillsy Girl said...

sensational shots!

refrigeratormagnate said...

Sensational splashes of color!

Suvarna said...

isn't it wonderful what 20 short minutes can do for ones state of mind!
love these colourful spring glimpses.

Cedar said...

Wow! Truly amazing pictures! (I came over to see your contrast shot; and I definitely think it works).

Karin van D. said...

The tulips are stunning, but somehow the little red leaves are even more beautiful in their simplicity. Nice!

Anika said...

You still have tulips! Wow!! Lovely shots and am happy to hear Willow is walking again, such great news!

lisa said...

These are such beautiful spring photographs! Such wonderful and cheerful color in each of them.

I am so glad that Willow is doing better, and I hope that she will be well enough to join you on your walks again soon. In the meantime, I am glad you were able to get out a bit, and I thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs at The Creative Exchange.

Please do keep us posted on Willow's progress.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Veronica said...

love the flowers, and your dog is sooo cute, those sad eyes get me every time! :)

clairz said...

I love the idea that the finest beauty can be close to home. Hope your pup continues to get better.

bailey-road.com said...

The colors in the tulip shots are really intense! The little maple seeds seem to be a delicacy for the squirrels here. Lovely shots! Hugs to your dog.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Lovely flowers -- lovely post. I'm glad I found your blog!

Henrietta said...

Beautiful tulips. I hope you and your family all the best:)
Greetings from Finland

Lesley said...

Your photography is wonderful, I love the maple seedlings and the tulips are so beautiful.
Thanks for your visit, It's great to meet you!

Minoru said...

Beautiful tulips and red seeds! It's good to tkae photos in 20 minutes.
My blog linked Lisa Gordon's "The creative exchange" I feel happy sharing photos with you in the creative exchange.

Clare B said...

I'm seeing tulips everywhere at the moment and their sunny disposition never ceases to make me smile. They don't last very long but they look so great for the week or so that they're about!

Tricia said...

They're all very beautiful... love the colors! =)

Rosie said...

Your photos are beautiful and those 20 minutes really well spent! Have a wonderful weekend!

La Principessa Errante said...

Nothing like tulips to say spring is here. Just wonderful photos.

Sharon said...

Lovely pictures of the flowers, they are so vibrant.