Saturday Snapshot — June 2

Saturday Snapshot hosted by At Home With Books.

At long last, Spring has finally sprung. For those of you in a much warmer climate, you can’t imagine we’re just beginning to see greens and buds.

Here are some of the photos I took while taking an evening walk in my neck of the woods a couple of days ago.

Wildflowers emerge:

The evening sun turning the green trees into golden fall colours.

And this morning I find all these buds on a pine tree, haven’t seen them so red like berries before:

Yes, Spring is finally here for us.


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

29 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot — June 2”

    1. Thanks JoAnn, finally. But it’ll be another month before we see colourful flowers. Haven’t seen many planted their gardens yet.


  1. Yippee. I’m glad you are finally enjoying Spring. We have been slow in the Northwest, too. I hope when we fly back we’ll get some more sunshiny days. Your photos are beautiful. And yes, Lake Michigan seems more like an ocean than a lake….


    1. I think maybe the NW is like Vancouver? Very green and with lots of moisture? I’m sure you’ll see more colours than here on the other side of the Rockies.


    1. Welcome! And thanks for hosting the Saturday Snapshots. I’ll have to make it a habit of doing this… I usually just post photos on a whim. πŸ˜‰


    1. Yes, I’ve to say it’s spectacular. Fish Creek Provincial Park is one of the largest urban parks (wilderness within a city limit) in North America. I’m fortunate to be living in its vicinity in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll hop over to visit your woods now. πŸ˜‰


  2. Beautiful shots, Arti. I could fall right into the top photo and take a walk. Sorry to have missed the most recent Midnight’s Children posting. Will make up for it by the end…
    Happy Spring!


    1. Oh I wish you could be here to walk the woods together. πŸ˜‰ And, take your time with MC, we all know it’s a demanding read, esp. when we have lots going on too in our lives, and with summer coming as well… and of course it’s a reread for you, so, just let me know whenever you’ve posted a review. You have a great spring as well! πŸ˜‰


  3. Hurray! Spring has finally made it your corner of the world. What beautiful scenes, Arti. I love how you’ve caught the sun just so glimmering among the trees’ leaves and the undergrowth.


    1. Thanks… and with Spring finally here, I’ve to think about planting some annuals to fill my flowerbed. Small area, but I’m not much of a green thumb. Only love to admire them on blogs. πŸ˜‰


  4. I’m amazed by those red whatevers on the pine – are they baby pine cones? They don’t look like they could become anything else.

    I looked and looked, just as closely as I could, and I don’t see one lick of snow anywhere! Isn’t it wonderful? And we’re so hot I’ve already had to dig out my wonderful little cooling bandana – thank goodness for clever people who think up such things!

    I have to tell you again how much I enjoyed “Marigold Hotel”. I’m just about ready to go see it again, just because it made me so happy. Maybe I’ll go on a hot afternoon. And I have a new library book to read, that’s given me a germ of an idea – have you read “Hemingway’s Boat”? It looks splendid, and if my hunch about what it says about his life is right, I may write about it. πŸ˜‰


    1. Linda,

      Those are budding pine cones, but they are all red, lots and lots of them. As a matter of fact, that’s my pine tree, right in my front yard. It’s about oh, maybe 30 ft. tall and the top half is full of all these red buds. I was so surprised as I looked out my second storey window and saw them, like hollies.

      I’ll probably see Marigold Hotel again soon. And I’ve got the book on hold for me in the library, the movie tie-in edition. I look forward to reading the source material. I’ve heard of Hemingway’s Boat but have not read it. I’ve just finished listening to the audiobook of A Farewell to Arms. After watching Downton Abbey, I’m all curious about WWI and that period. So Hemingway is on my list. Do write about Hemingway’s Boat when you’ve finished, I’d like to read what you think of it. BTW, if I’ve another Read-Along in the future, do think about joining, will you? πŸ˜‰


  5. So gorgeous!! We usually get pretty brown here since we don’t get too much water but right now, we are pretty green. I am enjoying it!


  6. Three cheers for spring! It’s a beautiful part of the world you live in, and I can imagine you appreciate spring’s arrival all the more given the long wait! Happy for you!


    1. Jeanie,

      Nature sure can teach us patience and being grateful. We have a very short growing season, mid June to the end of August. That too reminds us that everything is ephemeral. πŸ˜‰


  7. Hurray for spring! Here, my garden has flowered richly and gorgeously, only to suffer torrential rain for the past two weeks (and more to come, I believe). It is so painful to see the roses and the clematis all battered and broken. But nature is so mindlessly strong – a bit of sun and warmth and all my plants will perk up again. I’m trying to take heart from the metaphorical message there!


    1. So true… as I was replying to Jeanie above, Wordsworth was right to say that we need to ‘let Nature be the teacher.’ Glad that you yourself has recuperated as well. πŸ˜‰


  8. Oh the light. Just scrumptious. We had spring (summer more like) too early, in March, and all the blossoms on fruit trees came early. Then there was a killing frost in April, and all the fruit on the trees died. We do not have a single pear, plum or apple. But worse is all the cherries in the state were destroyed, and we export a huge percentage of the world’s tart cherries. It’s sad. Such crazy weather patterns now.


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