April’s Icing

Carol A. Hand

 

Returning to boots and yaktrax

for April’s final days

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April’s Icing – April 26, 2017

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Watching with curiosity

to see how long ice stays

 

Yesterday’s blooming flower

the promise of coming spring

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Blooming Pulmonaria (lungwort) – April 25 2017

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Today encased in ice

as seagulls circle, crows call, and hopeful robins sing

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April Icing – April 26, 2017

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About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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35 Responses to April’s Icing

  1. kethuprofumo says:

    Amazing flowers! 🙂

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    That last photo is amazing!

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  3. We are hopeful that we are finished with snow and ice for the season. Optimistically, we have put on our summer tires! The long range outlooks are a bit iffy though.

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    • I’m glad to hear that the weather out east is growing milder, Michael. I hope it says that way. We have predictions of freezing rain and snow for the next few days, and last week, we had two days of 70 F weather. It’s always hard to figure out when to plant here…

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  4. Bernadette says:

    OH NO! Beautiful but not what you want to see this late in April.

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  5. Winter’s last breath. Spring is upon you! 🌞💕

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    • Dear Carrie, I hope you are right. The weather in April and May here is so hard to predict. The forecast for the next few days is for snow and freezing rain. It’s a blessing in disguise, though. I have editing to do and won’t be tempted to work outside on gardens. 🙂

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  6. Alok Singhal says:

    Last image is spectacular, and your words is that icing there ☺️

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  7. underswansea says:

    Lovely photos! Not to worry, the spring snow will really green things up. At this time of year, think of snow as ‘slow release moisture’. 🙂 Take care. Bob

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    • Thank you for your kind words about the photos, Bob. They’re just lucky shots. The trees and plants do need moisture – it’s been relatively dry for the past month. And to be honest, I’m grateful for cold wet weather when I have editing to do. Otherwise I’d be out working in the gardens. 🙂

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  8. It is so like that here in the UK Carol, two weeks ago, 23 degrees and I was gardening in my t shirt, this week, 11 degrees, hail, thunderstorms and hard frosts. Summer is surely on its way!. x

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    • Nelly, it’s always so delightful to hear from you. I find it fascinating to learn that your weather is a lot like ours – wildly unpredictable. This time of year, I long for summer, but come late July and August, I suspect I’ll be thinking that winter’s not all that bad. 🙂

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  9. Awwww so sad! They look so pretty encapsuated in ice but sadly it rings their death knell. 🙂 ❤

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  10. thejuicenut says:

    Following a week of warmth and sunshine, my husband planted some sweetpeas the other the day. Next day, we woke up to find them covered in snow! Since then, the temperatures have plummeted and we’ve had hailstones and icy rain. The weather app assures me temperatures will rise again next week.

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  11. Annika Perry says:

    Lovely poem and photos heralding the still frozen April – ‘Today encased in ice’ – we are experiencing an unseasonal return of frost which is hard to accept! The poor flowers struggling on bravely.

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    • Thank you for your lovely comments, Annika. I’m so sorry to hear about the frost after you filled you yard with so many lovely flowers! The Pulmonaria were wilted this morning when I checked, but I hope your flowers and mine recover when it warms up.

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  12. Some wonderful photos Carol, especially the pulmonia.
    enough ‘ice’ to cool off even these warm south Florida days

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  13. DK Fennell says:

    April is the cruelest month …

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  14. Tiny says:

    What a brave, beautiful flower 🌺 I hope it will recover from this cold April surprise.

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