The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come…
~ Song of Solomon 2:12 ~
I look forward to springtime each year, but extra special enthusiasm is reserved for beloved daffodil blooms. I fondly call these cheerful flowers “daffies.”
We have a wee amount of space devoted to flowerbeds here at our downsized cottage, but there is enough room to include several dozen bulbs. We picked out several varieties that bloom at different periods and planted them in 2010, our first fall here. For the past three years, we have been rewarded with daffies cheering our winter weary spirits.
The first bloom of the season was an overachiever, making an appearance on February 19! (I believe that is a personal record.) New flowers have faithfully appeared since that time and more will unfurl for a couple more weeks. We don’t have a huge quantity of blooms. So I cut just a few for little vases on the front hall and kitchen tables and leave some outside to greet any passerby.
The handsome one pictured above is sitting next to my computer, providing me with an abundance of smiles as remuneration for my admiration. You can be assured that no lighting fixtures were abused or harmed in the capture of the image. I staged the shot next to my office window, taking advantage of late afternoon sunshine to provide a natural backlit glow. To supplement Mother Nature, a reflector bounced light back into the bloom. Photoshop editing provided considerable assistance too.
May you find the wonder and joy of this magical spring season, my friends.