Spring is in the Air!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
~Charles Dickens

photo of bee on japaneca

Ah . . . nothing quite feels like the warmth of the sun on your back! And feel the warmth of the sun we have, in the past few days, as we have been blessed with some very pretty weather, and unseasonably mild temperatures. But you’ll hear no complaints from me, although I must admit I was really hoping for one good snowfall, the kind that blankets everything in a fresh, pure coat of white and deep enough that I could sled in it. On the other hand, I’m just as content to don shorts and sandals and air up the bike tires!

The air is filled once again with the spring songs of various birds and a pair of Bluebirds is checking out one of our nest boxes daily! I can’t say enough how much the prospect of having Bluebirds nesting in our yard once again thrills Wes and I! We enjoyed them nesting in one of our boxes for the first several years that we lived here, but for some reason, perhaps the fact that our yard is growing up a bit, they haven’t been with us the past couple of years. Needless to say, we would be most delighted for them to return, filling our yard once again with their happy little song, which quickly brightens anyone’s day!

The gorgeous sunny weather outside this afternoon, beckoned to me so strongly that I quickly gave in and enjoyed a stroll around the yard while taking a few photos of some of our early bloomers this year, which I would like to share with you. So put on your sandals, grab a lightweight sweater and come along with me as we take a stroll around the yard and enjoy some of these stunning, early blooming beauties!

yoshino cherry bloom photo

 Yoshino Cherry Tree blossoms

photo of honey bee on a flower

A Honey Bee visits a Japonica blossom

flower photo

A Vinca Vine Blossom

photo of bumble bee on flower

A Bumble Bee enjoying the sweet tastes of a blooming shrub

photo of forsythia flowers

The bright and cheery blossoms of the Forsythia

flower photo

A lovely little Pincushion Flower blossom

flower photo

A Creeping Phlox blossom up close and personal

photo of a yoshino cherry blossom

Yoshino Cherry blossoms

photo of a camellia blom

A personal favorite, a Camellia bloom, or as I call it . . .

an “Alice in Wonderland Rose”

photo of blooming moss

And last, but certainly not least, the striking blooms on moss

Well . . . I certainly hope you enjoyed our stroll around the yard! Guess it’s time for me to get back to painting.

Fresh Off the Easel: Wes is painting on a precious miniature of frogs that we photographed during one of our recent trips, while I continue to paint on a couple of my commissions this week. I hope to possibly finish the miniature of St. George this week and will share it with you next week, along with Wes’ completed miniature of the frogs.

miniature painting of frogs

Wes’ painting “Pond Pals” in progress

~ Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~

~ Alabama Miniature Art Society’s 4th Annual Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show
March 1-31, 2012 at the Cathedral Square Gallery in Mobile, AL. We’re very excited to announce that Wes won the following awards in this show . . .  2nd Best of Show, Founder’s Award,  (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)- AMAS award

~ 2012 Masterworks in Miniature
March 9-24, 2012 at Gallery One in Mentor, OH.

(Wes’ miniature has already sold in this show)

~ Our solo exhibition “EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES & RACHELLE SIEGRIST” is continuing at the beautiful SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM in San Diego, CA, and remains on display there through Wednesday, March 21st. So if you’re in the area, I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum!

Wes has been really busy the past two days packing up paintings for quite a few upcoming shows that I’ll highlight later.

To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

“Collect the future’s history today while it is still affordable.”

Until next time ~ Rachelle


2 thoughts on “Spring is in the Air!

    1. Hi Jim,
      Yes . . . spring!!! I too am ready for and excited about it! I’m glad you enjoyed the flower photos, and found them inspiring. May you have a wonderful day as well, and paint we will!
      Hugs 🙂

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