Longing for Spring

Living in a northern climate means enduring long, cold winters. By this time of year, I am longing and aching for Spring. April can be a fair weather month. It can either be stunningly beautiful, alive with virgin green leaves and pastel-hued flowers. Or it can be like it is today. Cold, gray, windy and snowing (enough to make me want to throw on my long johns, grab a cup of hot tea and sit by the fire).

This Spring-Winter dance happens every single year in Minnesota and is to be expected. Yet it still drives me mad. So instead of lamenting and complaining about the awful weather, I will instead focus on the future which lies ahead. Spring! My favorite time in Minnesota as it means winter is finally gone for at least another six months and everything around us has come back to life once again.

Now it is time to transport myself and you to spring time in Minnesota. It isn’t too far away now despite the white fluffy flakes falling outside my window.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Spring Flowers

Spring FlowersSpring Flowers

“Sometimes our fate resembles a frat tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom? But we hope it; we know it”. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Spring flower


IMG_5564“Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.” – Ann Landers




And when all else fails and your tired of the gray clouds…..think Spring!

It will be here sooner or later! Just hang on tight.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Future. 


    • Thank you! Yes living in Minnesota and Canada means hard long winters, doesn’t it? But we endure it and sure celebrate spring and summer when it eventually comes!

  1. May the future arrive sooner rather than later! I thought my move in a somewhat southerly direction meant an earlier (or more reliable) spring, but I guess not …

  2. Stunning blossoms, Nicole! Especially those first couple. 🙂 If they don’t fill you with joy I don’t know what would. Stay warm and have a happy weekend! 🙂

  3. Nicole like you we can have very fickle Aprils. So far we have had incredible summer like temperatures. Of course we know it could just as easily snow next week. Your images are gorgeous and just today we are seeing some green buds on trees. Hoping it’s sunny skies ahead for you.

    • March was so amazing and it is so cold that I had to pull out my long underwear again! By this time of year, I am just CRAVING warmer weather! I guess that is what is so hard living in a northern climate!

  4. I understand you – while it was a beautiful week last week in Bologna, I’m sitting in a classroom in Austria now with fog and clouds and rain outside the window. I hope the snow has at least stopped falling! I also wish spring would come and stay, but in the meatime, these photos are an awesome tide-me-over. 🙂

    • Yes it seems like a lot of the US and even parts of Europe are chilly. I am just LONGING for Spring! Winter gets so long here. It makes me a little cranky but I tell myself to hold on tight! 🙂

  5. Beautiful blossoms Nicole. Commiserations for your weather. Here on the west coast it’s sunshine and blue skies hopefully coming your way very soon. 🙂

  6. We don’t have seasons in Barbados but I can confirm from your pic that when Spring really comes, it’s going to be awesome! In the meantime, I’m sending you a little sunshine while you hang tight 🙂

  7. Thanks for transporting us into spring time Nicole, even if it’s a long time coming. Here in Melbourne the weather is turning cold but the days are still sunny with blue skies which always warms the soul. Beautiful photos. 🙂

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