Springtime and Hoppiness

Springtime makes the world seem fresh and new.

It’s a time to recover from the hardship of winter.

So full of promise…

…and new life.

Now is when we truly celebrate the new year, clearing our closets of junk and old baggage, and planting something fresh and beautiful in the good earth.

Happy New Year, and Hoppy Easter, friends!

All images and words cNaomi Baltuck


  1. Wow, the baby monkey looks really newborn! I’m surprised you were able to get a shot like that. Loved the two girls in their bunny costumes too!


    P.S. What happened? I’m the second comment? Usually I’m really late to the party and end up being the 20th or worse.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      That is a photo of a Gibraltar ape mama and her very tiny baby. I suspect it was very new to the world. I had just gotten my new camera–it’s not really fancy, but it does have a better telephoto lens than I have ever had before, and I LOVE it.

      I think folks must have been very busy looking for Easter eggs and cleaning up their houses and gardens for the holiday. I’m always glad to see you whenever you show up!

      1. Yes spring is here too–thank goodness! We live on a long block and everyone has emerged finally to admire the flowers and how much everyone’s kids have grown over the winter!

      2. That sounds really lovely, Laura. We live on a dead end street, and I love working in my garden and hearing the kids laughing and playing outside.

    1. Sometimes I forget that it is winter elsewhere. My sister lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and she says there is snow up to her waist! Stay warm, Lisa, and light plenty of candles. Somehow the soft golden glow of a candle warms me from the inside out. I do recall from growing up in Michigan that when spring hits hard and fast. May it come soon to you.

    1. Dear Shimon,

      I hope your Passover was a good one. I so ejnoy the photos of you share of your family, and celebrations.

      This is the first time we find our little family scattered in many different directions, both for our Seder and our Easter dinner. It was a little sad, but Thom and I decided to have a little adventure of our own, which I will tell you about soon.

      Warm wishes,

  2. I have a couple of primrose on my deck waiting to be planted, but generally it is not safe to plant here until Mother’s Day. And that is risky. I did go out this morning and find many happy signs of spring, however – I’m hoping it’s early arrival will not be crushed by a return of the very cold weather.

    1. I hail from Michigan, and remember the cold long winters. My tray of primroses spent a couple of nights waiting in the car, after a surprise and uncharacteristic cold snap. But anticipation is part of the pleasure.

      Thanks for stopping by, Carol.

    1. Thank you, Madhu! Spring is busting out all over in Seattle. The natives are frog-belly white, and at the mere hint of sunshine, they come crawling out of the woodwork in shorts and tank tops. I don’t really know how the seasons work where you live, but I wish you happiness, Madhu, every day of the year.

    1. Dear Sarah,
      What a charming image! You would do well in Seattle, taking advantage of the pale sunshine whenever possible. I guess the difference is that in Seattle they would come out to take the sun and their books, shivering in shorts and tank tops, exposing their frog-belly white limbs! I hear we are in for another winter storm tonight that could last the weekend. The spring lamb timidly shows her face here and there, now and again, but the March lion has not given up his hold and moved on yet. Thanks for the visit. I hope you are well, and that your springtime has arrived for good.

      1. We’re into April showers now. Fine today, so far. I even had to shed my coat half way through dog-walking, but it was my thick winter one, worn over the top of a jumper and two T-shirts, so not getting too excited yet. The birds are busy, though, which is a good sign. I just found an interesting book in the charity shop, titled “The Cloudspotter’s Guide”, so am going to study it and learn to do better than the UK’s hopeless Met Office in making weather forecasts!

      2. What a great find! One of my favorite things about Britain is all the little charity shops right there on the high street of each little town!

    1. Thank you, Mary. It is always fun to know which photos appeal to people. I appreciate your visit, and your taking the time to share you thoughts. Happy springtime!

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