May 08

Various Springtime Pictures

The weather in this first week of May has been exceptionally nice — clear, dry and warm. I have had the opportunity to plant the majority of my early season crops. So far, this is the list of veggies I have started; onions, garlic, peas, radishes, 3 types of lettuce, spinach, asparagus (as mentioned in this lengthy article).

Here are an assortment of pictures from the garden and around the area.

May TulipsMay Tulips

Reawakening of the FernsReawakening of the Ferns






Dandelion flowersDandelion flowers



It is an exciting time of year in the garden. Everything is coming alive and so full of color!

All of these pictures were taken with the new Pentax K30. The first two pictures (tulips and ferns) were taken with the 18 – 135mm lens and the rest were taken with a 50mm F 1.8 lens.

I am impressed with the vivid clarity of these images and pleased with the performance of the new Pentax camera and lenses.

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    • Ella on May 10, 2013 at 10:07 am
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    Kevin is not only a professional English teacher, but also a man with great passion for life.

    As you can see in the first picture, there are a several colorful tulips. Some are red, some are purple and some are a variegated mix of bright yellow and deep red. In the beginning of May, some are still green buds, while some are on the verge of blooming. I feel as if they long to embrace the fresh air and gentle sunlight. Some are tall and bright like proud queens, while some are short but cute like shy little girls. Although I cannot get near to feel them, I am fascinated by their tremendous beauty.

    Looking at these delicate tulips, I am aware that all of them are raised by Kevin in his magical garden. His garden is where various flowers and vegetables grow, from seed to bloom and then, wither during the cycle of the seasons. When I see above exquisite pictures, I feel honored to enjoy the beauty of Kevin’s amazing photography work and his ability to capture the grandure of nature. In a way I am really jealous of him!

    However, what is more important to me is that Kevin can always call my curiosity back to enjoy the simple life. Life isn’t all about study and work, sometimes you need to stop and smell the flowers.O(∩_∩)O

    1. Thanks for posting this recent writing assignment here in the comments section, Ella. I think it is a great example of your ability to express your thoughts clearly and with passion! Good vocabulary and word usage to describe the photo. I am pleased that you like it.

  1. I am interested in ferns. They are full of vitality. In my hometown, ferns reawaken on the beginning of April, and people search for them in the hill or wasteland because they are delicious wild vegetable.
    From the photo, seems your garden is very close to the the wooded forest. Did you picked them up? Or did you leave them to your neighbor —the deers! 🙂

    • Ella on May 15, 2013 at 10:16 am
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    I don’t know whether these ferns are planted by Kevin, probably not. However, as soon as I see them, my eyes are drawn to these vigorous lives. I am quite curious about how their delicate young bodies can thrive out of the hard earth and thick fall leaves.
    I can sense the feeling of surprise when Kevin found them. On a cool, moist morning, sun was slowly rising up, Kevin walked in a quiet wood and embraced the rebirth of spring. Suddenly, a stand of green flora emerges from the brown earth! Wearing light silver coats they stand shining in the sunlight. Kevin bent down and was captivated by these beautiful emerging fern buds. Their bodies quietly stretch upward while they bow their heads with grace. They are like smiling spirits, greeting and whispering to each other, to share the joy of freedom and enjoy the wonderful life.

    1. Ella, This was another fine example of your writing ability. A successfully completed writing assignment! It is a creative description of the feeling you had when viewing the photo. When you use your imagination, you do very well. It just takes a little bit of thought, but you can do it! It is also nice to know that you enjoy my blog. Thank you.

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