No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland
Dear Spring, I’m so happy you are here. I really like winter, I love the snow, but enough with the cold. I am ready for you. You are warmer, brighter and bring everything to life again. Well… just about everything and you’ll see below what I mean. We are ready to get our cameras out and capture your beauty. All the vibrant colors, the freshness of the leaves, the grass, the flowers, the birds, just about everything.
I am ready. Very ready. Got my camera, got my lenses, got ideas and I can’t wait for you. I will even use my tripod. At least this is my intention. I haven’t been using it much because it’s kind of bulky and heavy but I really think it helps a lot. What will I shoot? Well, here we go.
Magnolias – I really like that the trees display their flowers before the leaves. And they are so pretty. I usually go to the Arnold Arboretum here in Boston and take some great shots. I like to use my long lens with a large aperture so the background melts like butter.
Melting snow – even though I am sad that my favorite season is over, this is definitely a sign that you are ready to come. And I want to capture the moment. I will do my best to avoid grey snow.
People – so nice to see the joyous people who have been cooped up in the house for months. They are all back outside for walks, jogs and bike rides. They are just thrilled to greet you.
Blooming trees – nothing says spring better that blooming trees. Cherry trees are my favorite but any flowering tree is a great subject. Just like the one in the photo below.
Birds – thanks for bringing them back. I know it’s a little tricky to photograph them but it’s so much fun. Most of the time the backgrounds are so bright that it makes it difficult to get a great shot. But who said they have to be perfect? Take a look at the photo below. Not that great, I agree, but I was so excited to get that shot!
Cemeteries – This may sound strange. For some reason they used to make me sad and depressed. I did not like cemeteries at all but things changed when I discovered the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA. It’s more like a park, absolutely beautiful especially in the spring when everything comes alive again – well, almost everything. A friend of mine also loved this cemetery because people are so quiet…I wonder why.
Anyway, I am ready. Or I should say we are ready. We, the photographers who have been waiting patiently for you to come. Again, welcome and please bring on the warmth, the flowers, the greens. We can’t wait to shoot them. That sounds a little harsh. I mean photograph them… take some nice photos … you know… Ok? Got all that, Spring? Thank you.