Open up the windows

What an incredibly beautiful day we are having here in the Bogs!  Warm, sunny, simply gorgeous.  It’s the kind of day that makes you throw open all of the windows to let the stale air of winter out, and the invigorating air of spring in.

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Of course I did just that even though technically it is not yet spring. Fresh, energizing air has been blowing in and through the house all afternoon, carrying bird songs with it.

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I did not take the camera out with me on my walk today.  It was nice to just walk, just be, and soak up the sights, sounds, and scents of this lovely Tuesday.

The shy orchid

After yesterday’s soaking rains, the garden is much too wet to work in.  Phooey.  I still have a long way to go when it comes to cleaning up the asparagus bed.  I hope I can get it finished before the new spears start popping up out of the ground.

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Well, I’ve nothing more to say/write so I’ll leave you with a few more orchid images and a quote or two.  Thanks for visiting.  I hope your Tuesday has been as beautiful and magical as mine has been.  (It has been so beautiful and filled with ordinary magic that it’s left me wordless.)

Almost any intense emotion may open our “inward eye” to the beauty of reality.  Falling in love appears to do it for some people.  The beauty of nature or the exhilaration of artistic creation does it for others.  Probably any high experience may momentarily stretch our souls up on tiptoe, so that we catch a glimpse of that marvelous beauty which is always there, but which we are not often tall enough to perceive.

~ Margaret Prescott Montague

As I hold the flower in my hand and think of trying to describe it, I realize how poor a creature I am, how impotent are words in the presence of such perfection.

~ Celia Thaxter



39 Comments on “Open up the windows”

  1. I have yet to experience today’s gorgeous weather, I’ve been stuck in the office all day (daydreaming)!! 😦 As soon as I get out of here, I’m going to drive home with my car windows open, and leave my jacket on the passenger seat. I am SO ready for Spring!! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I think spring has gone right into summer, Holly! I can’t believe how warm and humid it is today. We even have summer-like pop-up thunderstorms.

  2. I might have some pretty awesome year ’round weather – but damn do you have the most gorgeous flowers!!

  3. Gracie says:

    Beautiful flowers, love the vibrant colors. We’re having a really messy day today…gloomy and dark and raining. But I shouldn’t complain since that means Spring is here!

  4. dadirri7 says:

    divine pics from the orchid show … it is another 5 months until we have our local show …but then i will be inspired to take pics too! thank you robin 😀

  5. Marianne says:

    We’re having a beautiful afternoon. The sky is clear. The sun is shinning. And, I had the windows open today as well, Robin.

    Can’t wait to see some beautiful flowers around here as well. 🙂

  6. The first 3 are my favorites – simply glorious. Ground is soggy – but maybe tomorrow. HArd to complain about the rain when it was so dry last summer – but the wild flowers are in top form with wet winter.

  7. so much blooming!!! We’ve got nada here in north Texas yet….. wildflowers should be popping soon though.

  8. I have nothing to say either Robin, other than “oooohhhhh” and “aaarrrrrrr”. These photos are gorgeous, beginning with the header and continuing right the way through!! 😀

  9. Your orchid photographs and the beautiful poem were so uplifting today! We had a warm, breezy day like yours a few days ago.. alas we are back to seasonal chilly weather today!

  10. Enjoy the warm weather. We’re having the same in southern NJ! Great orchid photos–Longwood Gardens?? I will be there on the 23rd for the tail-end of their special orchid display. Looking forward to a walk. . .

  11. Gosh, Robin, the orchids are gorgeous. And the weather has been warm and sunny here, as well.

  12. ladyfi says:

    Wow – what glorious shots of flowers. Hurray for spring!

  13. eof737 says:

    Those orchids are stunning… so vibrant! 😉

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    Definitely another Windows-Open Day today … and for me, an outside paint brush and some spring pruning. Unfortunately, no smell of flowers, which is the thought from your colorful pics.

    • Robin says:

      They should be scenting the air soon, Frank, especially down your way since you’ve had warmer weather longer. Our daffodils look ready to burst open. 🙂

  15. Gorgeous orchid photos, Robin! Now I can’t wait to get to the Phipps to take some indoor shots – members can go early on Sunday mornings with tripods to get their shots. We slept last night with the windows open – wonderful!

  16. Gerry says:

    We have gone so far as to pull the window quilts to one side and raise the cellular shades. We have even left down coats and ski gloves and YakTrax behind and gone out and about in our lighter jackets. Not yet time to fling open the windows for more than a moment. Not yet. But soon.

  17. lucindalines says:

    Wow on the orchids. Question, Is it hard to grow asparagus? I have been thinking about it, but am not sure on doing something that I don’t know about that may be too hard for me. Again, beauuuuutiful pics.

  18. sherri says:

    beautiful, beautiful display of spring. absolutely love the second image.

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