Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring in north central Florida




Spring in north central Florida means the azaleas are blooming big time, and the dogwoods, too. The azaleas pictured here were captured yesterday afternoon in our yard. The tree was discovered a few blocks away.

32 comments:

JM said...

Beautiful shots! The tree looks amazing, it seems covered with snow!

m_m said...

Beautiful captures! Full of light and great colours! We must wait a bit for such beautiful spring in Poland.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

OH! Pretty pretty pretty! I used to love to go see the wild azaleas but now I live where there are domestic ones--but a LOT later!

Our tulips are only up an inch.

nino said...

Great pictures! We don't have winter or spring where I come from, so I can only imagine how the experience from the cold whiteness of winter blooms into the bright colors of spring. ;-)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I like the flowers but love the cardinal! I like it that I can respond to you but pick from your many choices of websites and they are all different. the blacksmith historic building is right in front of you in downtown Scottsdale but I never paid attention to it until i started my daily photo website. it is funny how doing a website makes you pay attention to many things I never would have before. I also am learning my area so much more.

Jacob said...

Nino - we don't have any cold whiteness of winter...it's usually quite mild and seldom gets as low as the 30s (Fahrenheit)...this year, though we had several hard freezes - in the high 20s. Very unusual.

Today it will be 88. That's getting a bit warm, but it's still in the 50s at night.

Jacob said...

Julie - that may have been 8402...sheesh!

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

We've got weeks and weeks before anything as lovely as this happens here! Certainly not Azaleas til about May. We are still on daffodils and a bit of cherry blossom in Bath! Lovely cheery photos!

Lois said...

They are beautiful! I have two dogwoods in my yard but they are just starting to bloom, so I'm waiting on the pics.

cieldequimper said...

Fantastic shots, I love azaleas. I don't think had ever seen a tree like this. Yes, we have to wait until April at best for the azaleas, yours are so gorgeous!

Becky said...

We're not quite to the flower stage yet. I've seen a few crocuses poking through the wet soil, but other than that, everything is still preparing to bloom. But then, we haven't hit a temperature above 45 yet. :) But some of my favourites are the dogwoods. LOVE them! These are gorgeous shots.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. If I find out about any secret Christmas tree group, I'll let you know. :)

nobu said...

Beautiful flowers.
I like those soft color.

B said...

Wow. They are amazing. Still far, far too cold for anything like this in Newcastle!

You comment regularly on the Newcastle daily photo blog - sorry it's taken so long for me to get round to dropping in and saying hi. Love your pics though - I will be back.

iMarin said...

floweerrrrssss!!!!I like the colours!

iMarin said...

Thank you, for stopping by SDP, it is really nice from you to follow my photos!
See you Jacob.

D said...

You have a beautiful blog! I remember visiting Ocala as a really little girl in the 70s. We went to Silver Springs. I bet things are a lot different there now. I look forward to following here to see more of Ocala. Thanks for your visit and comment at Tuscaloosa Daily today.

Jacob said...

Hi D...Yes, things have changed a lot at Silver Springs, and unfortunately, not for the better. A new company has bought the park, and it's not being kept up as nicely. The animals are gone for the most part. The park is only open certain days - I think Thurs - Sunday. They still have concerts with big name stars on the weekends and draw several thousand people for those.

I was first there in 1988, and it has changed somewhat from that time.

It's still a great place to spend a day and we're hoping that it will survive. It's hard to compete with all the Orlando attractions, though.

Thanks to all for stopping by Ocala DP!

Dusty Lens said...

Lovely colors, spring nearly rivals autumn for colors. Our spring is weeks away.

julia said...

Nice,perhaps overlaps with our climate, autumn is warm enough here for many flowers to make a good show.

Jacob said...

Dusty Lens...spring may be a few weeks away, but as I recall it is a heady time in Minnesota! It is also quite beautiful.

Tricia said...

W O W!!! Seeing these flowers & the fact that they're blooming now, THIS SPRING, makes me happy - they're soooo beautiful!!!
They're not blooming here quite that nice yet, but we just got a cold snap that lasted a few days, but it should start warming up now!

Per Stromsjo said...

Just like JM, I was instantly thinking "snow" when I saw that tree. Nothing in bloom around here, that's for sure.

nanak said...

ohhh, this lovely :)

Vogon Poet said...

That's a botanic garden not a yard!

brattcat said...

Oh, these are so beautiful. Nearly breaks my heart. And then you leave a funny comment at my site and bring the smile back. Going to pot...honestly.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It sure is beautiful with the azaleas and dogwoods in bloom!

Juergen Kuehn said...

I am a little bit green-eyed about your early and rich blooming ;-)
Next year I'll stay since the turn of the year until German spring in FL :-)
Superb colors in your excellent photos!
Juergen

Halcyon said...

My azaleas are coming out too! I'll have to post some pictures. Unfortunately, it's been raining all day today... maybe tomorrow!

Steffe said...

I'm a bit jealous. Very nice spring photos they are.

amatamari said...

Is a beautiful,
Spring seems
an explosion of flowers
beautiful pictures

Jackie said...

Those are stunning pictures - thanks for introducing a bit of colour to dreary Glasgow!

Kcalpesh said...

The Blooming Azaleas gives a feeling that the snow fell only on a single tree :-)

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson