Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Spring finally fights off the winter blues


Singing with joy in the sun.

We’re done with snow in southeastern Michigan. I think.

It’s been cold and rainy for what seems like weeks, not feeling like winter, certainly not feeling like spring. But with all the rain things are starting to bud, to spring up from the squishy earth, to green almost before our eyes.

Color is popping up everywhere.

I was walking out at a local park earlier in the week, trying to get my miles done, training for a summer race. I know that if I start noticing things, stop to take pictures with my phone, that I’ll never get the miles in.

Subtle color glows.

So I made note of where some of the prettiest stuff was and went back with my camera the next day. I was expecting a quiet walk in the woods, but it turned out to be the most beautiful, sunny, warm day that we’ve had yet this spring and that caused lots of people to go out to enjoy the park.

Light turns skunk cabbage into emeralds.

That didn’t bother me at all. I was immersed in the beauty of light on leaves, light making grass and skunk cabbage glow.

Cow slips, or marsh marigolds, either way they’ll make you smile.

Light bringing color to what has been, for months, a grey and drab woods.

Green life glows in the woods.

I only walked 5 miles on Sunday, but it took me almost three hours. Seems I was stopping every little bit to capture something else.

Tiny bits of color are everywhere if you look.

While others were riding by on bikes, or jogging past with the slap of feet, I was crouched down, my face near the earth trying to capture that illusive image.

Bits of gold hidden near the forest floor.

I couldn’t have been happier. Indeed, I couldn’t stop smiling.

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.

21 thoughts on “Spring finally fights off the winter blues

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed your little taste of spring. It was very pretty here today, for the first time in weeks. I think we are about a week, maybe a week and a half ahead of you in spring as far as trees budding and flowering go. I hope the nice weather continues for you 🙂


  2. So beautiful. I just love spring.


  3. They just don’t get the whole “stop and smell the roses” thing. Glad you were taking photos, Dawn.


  4. It is always wonderful to walk and see nature blooming all around.


  5. What a lovely smile. I particularly liked the photo: Green life glows in the woods. I’d love to paint that scene


  6. Yeah, that’s a conundrum: capturing spring of running. Am glad you took time to capture these beautiful images! Maybe you have to separate it, and use one day for photography, and the rest for running till your race is over?

    By the way, I don’t know if you know but I have a challenge from Sunday through Friday noon,called All Seasons (it’s the post with the title that starts with “ALL Seasons.”
    Would be great if you could join us (I only need one image for the linky list – by clicking on the bottom where it says “CLICK HERE”)! Have a great week!


    • Probably a good idea to reserve one of my “training” walk/runs for photography and keep the rest for training! I’ll go check our challenge in a bit! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!


  7. I love this time of year. Everyday, it looks a little different outside. A little more color everyday!


  8. Beautiful series of photos, Dawn. I love early spring, when color just beings to show itself.

    What kind of race are you training for?


    • I signed up (really signed up!!!) for Flint’s 10 mile Crim race. I used to run it every year. Started running in 1990 and ran with friends. Then mom died, then dad died, and I ran less, then I stress fractured my foot and I stopped running all together, about 10 years ago. So this year, it was on my list of spectacular things to do, though I’ll be doing more walking then running. Still…I call it a win if I start and finish.


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  10. I love seeing the new signs of spring!! Thank you for sharing!


  11. Such fun seeing your photos! 🙂


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