As I mentioned…

…in the previous post, I am celebrating LIFE today!

I awoke long before sunrise, and this is what I saw from my studio window, which gave me hope for the day!

5:37 AM (CDT)

5:37 AM (CDT)

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5:38 AM (CDT)

5:38 AM (CDT)

Just before 8:00 AM, the warm morning (such a curiosity!) beckoned, and I walked over to the lake.

8:03 AM (CDT)

8:03 AM (CDT)

Walking around this early was splendid…I stopped at Leone Beach Park and photographed the NOT-snow”–petals from the crabapple trees…

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…and some more NOT-snow” at the Loyola Park baseball diamond–just lowly dandelions here, gone to seed all at once!

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The temperature was in the high 70s (F.)–hot for early morning, but there was a moderately strong south wind…just so perfect for the first anniversary of LIFE!

Almost overnight!

The past 48 hours have been quite warm, with daytime temps in the 80s (F.), which really brought Spring early this morning.

These first two images are from my window…that gorgeous ‘Spring green’ color was not there last evening!

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As I walked up Sheridan Road (so happy I did NOT take the bus to my appointment!), this flower-covered tree really stood out!

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Trees are leafing out everywhere, though the Maples and Oaks are slower.  It is said there will be no more frosts once the leaves of the Maples have emerged…we’ll see!

01MAY2013-5 Clouds and Trees

Here are some Tulips in-a-row.  If they look familiar, it’s because an image of the same row appears in the previous post (scroll down and check for yourself!), which I took about the same time just two days ago!

I kind of thought they’d be yellow!

01MAY2013-5 Tulips in a Row