The change that hasn’t come

“Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are” –  Bertolt Brecht

This time last year, we were basking in the sunshine embracing the gorgeous beauty, energy and rejuvination that springtime brings to Minnesotans. On this day last year, spring was in full force with leaves bursting anew in a brilliant tapestry of verdant, virgin green. The telltale signs of spring – brightly colored tulips, deep purple pasque flowers and singing birds- were everywhere.

Fast forward exactly one year later and this is what spring looks like in Minnesota. It is the change that hasn’t come.

IMG_6030 IMG_6032 “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”.  – Maya Angelou

IMG_6062 IMG_6057 “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience”.  – Ralph Waldo EmersonIMG_6055 IMG_6048_Snapseed “You are built not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up”. – Oprah WinfreyIMG_6061 IMG_6046_Snapseed “Things do not change; we change”. – Henry David ThoreauIMG_6053_Snapseed IMG_6051_Snapseed IMG_6069 IMG_6058_Snapseed “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer”.  – Albert CamusIMG_6066 “Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things”.  – Denis Diderot

Spring, rejuvenation, rebirth and change are on its way. Hold on tight for the ride and embrace the change as it comes.


This post was written in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Change. If you would like to see other entries, please click here.


    • Thanks! They are actually rain boots but work in both! 🙂 I do have to admit it is very beautiful. But I can hardly hardly wait for Spring to come!

  1. I agree with Margaret…where did you get those beautiful boots? I, however, would use them to protect my feet from the biting ants. Maya Angelou’s quote is particularly relevant, especially considering that I would be very grateful to be transported to your backyard right now. Ron just looked at the thermometer and said, “Oh wow! It’s only 90 degrees.” lol

    • He He! I’ve had these boots for two years. They are technically my rain boots but also work in this kind of wet sloppy snow. I once heard someone say to me that those boots could stop traffic! I got them on Zappos. They have tons of wonderful ones! Well, 90 is pretty hot I will admit. I am feeling ok about the snow now as I am off to Paris on Wednesday!!!! April in Paris. just like I was 20 years ago when I studied abroad. I’m going with my mother and sister and my dad is coming here to MN to watch the kids with my husband. My dad and I always travel so this is the first time he has surprised my mom with his offer to watch the kids and send her with me and my sister. Should be very special and I bet I will take over 1000 pictures!!! WHen I lived there it was before digital cameras and I have hardly any of my favorite city in the world! 🙂

    • Yeah, but it is what it is. I’m actually laughing as it is so incredibly unusual. Normally we have spring flowers and leaves by now. Oh well. If you can’t beat it, join it. I’m going for a run in a few minutes and it will be gorgeous!

  2. My favorite is the bridge–nicely done. I’m in a Middle Atlantic state–Delaware–and we just started to have seasonal weather. Well, let me rephrase. The last few days have been close to 80 (too hot, too soon). Now the temps have dropped, and we just got much needed rain. I believe that we cannot look to the past for a standard. Climate change is real and “we” must act now to halt its further effects. Enjoyed the quotes too.

    • I agree so much. SO many people don’t believe in global climate change but I do. Last spring for us was actually more of a reminder of what is happening. We hardly had winter, hardly any snow and then it was 80 degrees in March, our snowiest month! THis is a little crazy too but not as unusual as last year’s warm tropical winter. Anyway, it is beautiful! 🙂

    • Yes, can you believe it! I never remember this happening and it is highly unusual. Then again, last winter was the opposite. It was 80 in March….way too soon for that kind of heat. Strange weather! But it is absolutely beautiful!!!

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    • Ha Ha! I will admit it is GORGEOUS though. It isn’t too cold either so kind of fun. Got to look at the bright side! I actually don’t like it above 85 much but thankfully we don’t get that much here. Some unusual spring we are having! But I’m going to embrace it and go for a run this morning!

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  5. Although I love the snow photos, I’m sure you are so over winter by now. We are ready for spring as well in Ohio.

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  10. As tiresome as our neverending Minnesota winter can be, these are beautiful images — a reminder to appreciate and be grateful for it (Emerson’s quote is perfect!) — but now that we’ve appreciated its beauty, can we please see some signs of spring??? (Mother Nature is winding up with another round of winter before she throws spring our way up here from the looks of it!)

    • This weather is so incredibly crazy, isn’t it Kat?! I never remember having winter this long. It has snowed every day here and the forecast still looks bad until the end of April Really weird, isn’t it? But what can you do? I’ve noticed people are really getting grouchy about the weather too!

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