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22 March 2022

So there we were on the phone talking to one of our eight sisters-in-law about gardening. She lives in upstate New York and had ventured out to her garden to start preparing it for spring even though more snow had been forecast.

Springing Up. Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm II R kit lens at 40mm (80mm equivalent) and f5.5, 1/1000 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

She'd left her phone in the kitchen and that caused a multi-family panic. She wasn't answering her texts or calls. For hours. Had something happened to her? Was she all right?

Well, that's the garden for you. A retreat from other lives.

We admonished her for gardening so soon in the calendar year, though. Wait until the insects are out, we joked.

But we are seeing a few insects already here. Along with prettier signs of spring. Like the image above. We just couldn't walk by it on our recent stroll through Mountain Lake Park.

Could it have been posed any more perfectly?

These flowers know what they're doing. They don't need personal products to attract mere mortals. They just bloom.

And we, who just can't stop looking at them, keep taking pictures of them. Until the insects come out, anyway.

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