100 Days of Spring

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Today I am ready for the reawakening of Spring. It is a new month, a new week, and a new day. A new season.

the Delicate Laughter of Spring
the delicate color of early spring

Spring happens to be my favorite season. Not for the wind and rain and cold and dark, but for the newness of it all. Rebirth. The Reawakening of everything brown that brings back the green. The verdant beauty waiting just beneath the surface of the brown sticks and rustling dead leaves. Renewal.

I once heard this: “If we live to be 100 years old, we will have only experienced Spring 100 times”

But we experience Spring only if we’re paying attention.

That quote always brings me back to this season with wide eyes. In only weeks I’ll be looking out at flowers and hummingbirds and butterflies. By the way the deadened world looks now, it seems impossible. But it will come. Something bigger is at work, right before our eyes. Spring.

white tulip
white tulip

100 Days of Spring #100DaysofSpring

My life always fills up and brims over with busyness, so unless I am intentional I will miss this rebirth we call Spring. To help me remember to watch and be on the lookout for the miracle of Spring, I intend to do these 5 things as often as possible:

  1. Pause and look at the landscape, and notice what has changed from the day before.
  2. Take a walk through someplace wild—the backyard, or a park, or an open field. I love the fresh smells and popping colors floating on the breeze.
  3. Plant some flowers. Pansies are cheery reminders of spring with their colorful faces and sweet disposition, and I’ve planted a mass of them in a container on my deck. I’m excited for flowers and color as Spring draws near.
  4. Cut bouquets to bring indoors. Tulips, daffodils, lily of the valley, peonies, iris … an endless parade of Spring beauties wait outside laden with fragrance to be enjoyed. I can’t wait for the peonies to come.
  5. Pull out the camera and capture a photo or two of a Wow moment—that moment when I see something new and its beauty takes my breath away. Somehow, capturing something through a lens makes the experience richer, into one that can be shared.

 

#100daysofspring
#100DaysofSpring, a photo I recently took of Morris my cat and daffodils

 

If you have a cell phone with a camera and have Instagram (my favorite photo-sharing app), take one photo a day–not a great one, but one photo of Spring in action that catches your eye, and share it there. I’m tagging my photos with #100DaysofSpring so that at the end of the season, we can look back at Spring as it came. If you tag your spring photos with #100DaysofSpring (no spaces), they’ll show up in the tag and we can view all of them together.

My account at Instagram is @jenniferlynking. I hope you’ll join me!

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8 thoughts on “100 Days of Spring

  1. Your photos are gorgeous as always! I’m afraid my photography is at a lull right now, and I realized this morning it’s because we’re still in the freezing zone. Lots of old snow and it was 12 degrees yesterday morning and this morning again. Maybe I need to break out by doing more photography (not less) but this morning I was kind of thinking I’d boycott and not post anything until I see some color… although who/what am I boycotting?! :-/ Beautiful post, Jennifer!

    1. Your winter in Maine has been endless, Julia… I don’t blame you for feeling in a lull. But the good news is that we’re starting to have some green in the grass, despite the snow and sleet last night. Spring is coming! I’m glad you’ll be joining me with #100DaysofSpring. Thank you, Julia!

  2. Jennifer, what an extraordinary feast for all senses and the heart! Thank you so very much for the beauty of your images and wisdom of your words in reminding us to take notice and savor the details of spring. I so love your blog. Such a gift of wisdom, beauty, positive energy, and inspiration every time. Thank you and thank you! With love, Dawn

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