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Wednesday’s Photos

In Search for a Sign of Spring

Spring equinox has come and gone, and there is still snow on the ground. In my desperate search for a sign of the elusive Spring, I resorted to all kinds of tricks. Looking for animals, which read Nature’s sign posts much better than we humans can, I discovered the geese pair on the bare patches down at the Fauquier golf course and a robin on our yard pulling out from softening ground the very first earthworm. Taking a shot of the acorn I felt a little bit like I was cheating, since an acorn is a nut maturing in the fall. But it falls to the ground only in the spring to bring forth another tree. Surely. the crocus vigorously pushing through layers of leaves is a sign of spring For the hazelnut flower I had to set my macro setting to less than one cm to capture one of the tiniest flowers in the plant world. Enjoy!


When will Spring finally come? –  I guess, when the snow will be gone.

hazel nut

Hazelnut Flower


Robin looking for an Earthworm


Acorn ready to pop out


How does the tender crocus manage to push through the leaves?


  1. Amy · March 28, 2018

    Lovely—you’ve inspired me to look more closely for signs of spring down here in Massachusetts.

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    • Peter Klopp · March 28, 2018

      Thanks for the kind comment, Amy! Good luck for your search! I am sure you will find some sign of spring in your home state.

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      • Amy · March 28, 2018

        It was in the 50s today, so I think I will soon be seeing buds and birds returning.

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  2. Kelly MacKay · March 28, 2018

    Nice post. I too am eagerly looking for spring signs. I have been out twice bird watching with minimal success. Cheers

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    • Peter Klopp · March 28, 2018

      With birds you need a lot of patience. Often they fly away, but if you wait long enough, they come back for the photo shoot. Good luck, Kelly!

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  3. Miss Gentileschi · March 28, 2018

    All pictures are beautiful but the one of the gloriously tiny hazelnut flower is my favourite!

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  4. Ulli · March 28, 2018

    Schöne Fotos zeigst du uns, Peter, mich beeindruckt auch Jahr für Jahr wie die weichen Sprossen der Blumen sich durch dichtes Laub bohren…
    herzliche Grüße, Ulli


    • Peter Klopp · March 28, 2018

      Liebe Ulli, ich habe die Sache ein wenig genauer untersucht und fand, dass zuerst eine schwertähnliche grüne Spitze einen Weg bahnt, um für die Blüte Platz zu schaffen. Wahrlich ein Wunder der Natur!

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  5. arv! · March 28, 2018

    Those are great pictures. They symbolise the arrival of the spring

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  6. TheresaBarker · March 28, 2018

    Love the crocus shot!

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    • Peter Klopp · March 28, 2018

      Thank you for the compliment, Theresa! I discovered the crocus in the last minute before posting. It was so well hidden.

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  7. ultimatetravel8 · March 29, 2018

    The Pictures are amazing! Stunning colours. I nominated you for the Bloscars award.

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  8. Nurul Fitri Lubis · March 29, 2018

    All photos are lovely, Peter. But the last one is my favorite one. Welcoming spring always looks like a magic moment for me, particularly when I saw the little flower comes up from the green grass for the very first time. Considering I’m coming from tropical country, where the changing season is not so obvious.

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    • Peter Klopp · March 29, 2018

      I also like the last one with the crocus flower. For me it is the symbol of strength through tenderness. Thank you, Nurul, for your kind comment!

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  9. kopfundgestalt · March 30, 2018

    Great Acorn Picture!
    Spring already is here in good old Germany. We already had the opportunity to sit outside 🙂

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  10. Dina · April 6, 2018

    I love your photos, Peter. Each and every one is a wonderful sign of life itself. Strength through tenderness and a comforting indication of what’s to come. Warmth, sunshine, growth and nourishment. I hope spring brings you plenty of power and healthy energy so that you can recuperate from your radiation treatments this winter.
    Sending you lots of love and fairy dust from Cley with a big hug,
    Dina and the rest of the gang Xx

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    • Peter Klopp · April 6, 2018

      Oh, Dina, your comment gave me a big boost today. Thank you so much you FOUR for all kind words and concern regarding my health! They are truly appreciated. I am feeling so much better already.


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