Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The greening


Taking a walk in the Jacksonville arboretum.

There’s nothing more special than watching your world transform from winter brown to brilliant spring green. But sometimes those of us in the north get impatient while Mother Nature takes one step toward sunlight and falls two steps back into sloppy slushy cold.

Peeking out to see the sun.

So you can’t blame a person for skipping all of those last moments of winter and retreating to warmer climes. Like Florida. And that’s what I’ve done.

Magnolias are in bloom here.

A friend in Florida wanted to take a short vacation, but her two dogs couldn’t go with her, and she wasn’t comfortable putting them in a kennel.

Whimsical tree.

And on a whim she asked me if I’d consider coming down to house sit with her lovely pooches. My calendar was open for the proposed dates. Hmmmm… let me think…would I like to stay in the cold north and continue to watch winter fighting it out with spring?

Cedar stumps create sculpture covered in moss.

Or would I like to walk barefoot on a sunny beach, watch palm trees sway against blue skies.

Pops of color everywhere if you look.

Let me think about that.

Spiderwort grows wild here.

So here I am, hanging out with two sweet boys, enjoying the sunshine and the warmer temperatures. Sure tomorrow is going to be stormy and we’ll be stuck inside all day.

Pretty shell-like fungus hides in the shade.

But that’s OK. It’s almost guaranteed not to snow.

It’s called Christmas licen, bright red on tree trunks.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “The greening

  1. It was wet and cold up here in the north. Enjoy the warmth 😉


  2. How wonderful!! Enjoy all the green


  3. Those are amazing photos….looks like you figured out those settings to me


  4. I wouldn’t have had to think long over that choice, Dawn! Anything to get out of winter’s last throes and feel warm sand beneath my toes — hey, that rhymes!!


  5. It’s not snowing here but it is pouring rain. Hopefully it will warm up and things will green up soon.


  6. How great that you can help out a friend and give yourself a treat at the same time!!!


  7. We have had the most beautiful Spring with no late frost to kill the flowering plants but last night we had a soaker of a rain which brought down a tree into my neighbors yard ~ thankfully it missed us this time. I think perhaps it had roots like your whimsical tree and it could not hold to the ground for dear life. You always take the most lovely photos.
    Wishing you the kind of Easter
    That touches your heart like a prayer and blesses
    your life with the gift of amazing grace.
    Best wishes for a joyous Easter
    Sweet William The Scot


  8. I love vacationing with you. Love the magnolia bloom.


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