Amy asks for a colourful April this week – and usually it is, even in Sweden. This year though, has so far been some degrees colder than usual. But, there is a positive side to it as well …
Sweet April showers do spring May flowers. – Thomas Tusser
To get you in the mood – tulips from Keukenhof in the opener!
However, with the lack of colours (except for the hepaticas I posted in the last challenge) this April, I first decided to use April colours from earlier years, starting with my garden magnolias. But, after a day on the hunt in the forest… I changed my mind. Surely there must be some colours to capture this year as well!
Wood anemonies are usually abundant in April, but 2021 the snow and cold has kept them down so much that I doubt we shall see them carpeting the forest floor this year.
Anyhow – spring has sprung, and the colours are beginning to arrive here too. Hope you are enjoying lovely weather and delightful days!
Finally a big Thank you for using your abundant imaginative powers for last week’s You Pick It! Inspirational, diverse, sweet, thrilling, magical…we have enjoyed your choices to the full! Now we hope to see you here again for Colourful April. Please use the Lens-Artists tag and add a link to Amy’s colourful original post!
Next week Tina will be your host. Stay tuned, take care and be kind to others and to yourself.
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I love how you decided to look down to the ground to discover some color. My favorite would have to be the mosses and lichen and mushrooms plus the small yellow flowers and Wood anemonies. Too bad you may have have many this year. 😒
It took me a while to come to that conclusion, but I am happy you liked it!
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Nice! Beautiful photography, and I love the Wood Anemones!
Thank you, Dianne
That tulip garden is neat, but I really like those close-ups, they are so artistic in composition.
Happy to hear, John!
I love the soft earthy colours of your spring – April can get a tad gaudy here. The soft catkins of the pussy willow against the grey wood is especially inspiring – gorgeous.
I liked that image too – so soft and grey shades with a strike of yellow. Glad you mentioned that one.
Love the close-ups, Leya 👏 The detail is fantastic 😃
Glad you like them – I lean towards close-ups nowadays.
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I love that you’ve focused on colors closer to the ground, AC. A lovely, lovely post and a reminder to look down as nature creeps up from the earth!! The tulips are wonderful of course, too. I especially love your lichen and mosses shot and your wood anemones. Lovely!
What was I to do? It turned out a happy hike and a some lovely finds! Thank you. Glad I did not give up so easily.
Oh my! The moss and the lichens. Absolutely my favourites, and you’ll still get them in autumn
How wonderful and colorful post. The image of tulips is fantastic, but lichens have made me fall in love. 😘
Ana – if I were to choose, I would choose the mosses and lichen!
I love where you went with this prompt. Forests and grass lands are so alive with colors in the spring… such an abundance of shiny new greens and earth tones with little splashes of more saturated colors here and there. I love seeing all the ecosystems in these photos.
Thank you for a lovely comment!
I love the tones here, particularly the moss close up
Thank you, glad you like them – the intense green is lovely.
What a wonderful set of images, A C….I love the lichens and moss
Happy you do, Sue – the little things are important too!
They certainly are!
Different countries, different colours, but the seasons throw up such a lot of interesting flora that we can all contribute something enjoyable to look at.
Beautiful images Ann-Christine, I especially love all the tiny flowers and mosses you have at this time of year on the forest floor xxx
Glad to share them, Xenia!
Thank you, John!
Good for you for getting out to explore your world, despite the lack of evidence of spring’s arrival. Your forest floor images are wonderful but of course the tulips are the star of the show. Tough to compete with that kind of beautiful abundance! Hope by now colors are more plentiful and apparent.
Thank you, Tina – have to make the most of what is there!
It is lovely to see your spring photos from this year, Leya. Stunning shots, very vivid and full of wonderful life. Very nice to see there are some colour already and golden powder yellow plant. Such a unique nickname for a plant. Enjoy spring and the warmth that follows 🙂
Thank you, Mabel – hope you are well too and enjoying spring!
We are in Autumn now, Leya. Soon winter will be upon us… Hopefully a quick winter this year. Enjoy spring and the sunshine for me 😊💕
I know – hope it will be as you are hoping – a quick one.
These beautiful images make me feel as if I am in an enchanted forest. Thank you!
That sounds lovely, Beth – glad you like them!
A beautiful hunt for colours. I love your mosses and lichen photos!!
Thank you – aren’t they colourful?!
Beautiful, I liked the pictures of the mosses and lichen very much.
I am glad – thank you!
My favorites are the second shot, the green one with the moss, and the wood anemones. Delightful.
Happy to share them, Janet. It’s coming along nicely now!
Beautiful photos – love the tulip field
Yes – Holland in spring is the best thing!
Thank you for the enjoyable forest walk, AC. Beautiful colors of mosses and lichen, mushrooms and leaves. These mushrooms are amazing, I have never seeen these before. The golden powder plant is very special; I love wood anemonies.
Thank you for coming along, Amy!
Beautiful shots of a beautiful April.
Thanks for bringing us along to these sights.
Glad to share, Nes!
I am also glad you went out. These photos are a delight. So many interesting things growing and a wonderful collection of shapes, sizes. and colors.
You are very kind, Anne, but I am happy I did it too. These days I have lost a lot of enthusiasm in my photography – for obvious reasons in this situation we are all in. But we can always force ourselves to try – and sometimes it works!
I am glad that you changed your mind and went out to find the colours that your April has to show. All those shades of greens and the soft greys along with the vivid greens and the variety of textures are as equally beautiful as the brighter colours, or perhaps even more so. The wood anemones are appearing here now, so maybe yours will be along in abundance shortly. I truly appreciate every tiny thing that appears at this time of the year. And I truly appreciate your excellent photography.
Jude, you are very kind – and I agree about appreciating the tiny things appearing now. They might seem little steps, but together they will soon dominate the scenery!
The colours are soft, but you can feel that they’ll break out soon.
Yes, true – they are just waiting impatiently…
You’ve set a great example in your determination to find beauty in how things are now! A great success!
Thank you so much, Liz! So glad you enjoyed my thoughts.
Beautiful soft colors. I like the various shades of green and the small yellow flowers. Also the various shades of brown worked well. Nature is amazing. Sometimes soft and subtle is just as beautiful as bright colors.
Thank you, Anne – nature is amazing, and a comfort and joy.
A host of macro views to please the eyes Ann-Christine. I love the Mosses and lichen, mushrooms and leaves. I am about to post a very similar moss to one of yours in Becky’s Bright Squares 🙂 🙂
Oh Ann Christine, these are all wonderful April Spring colors 😀 😀
Wonderful up-close-and-personal captures of the color and activity that is underway …. which also is delivering the message that much more is on the way. After all, spring starts low then moves upward.
Love all the fresh greens and anemones, but my favorite shot is the one if the gray trees. It would be lovely framed!!! Keep the faith. Spring is coming!
Very colorful..so beautiful.
Great photos of the lichens, Ann-Christine, especially the first, and I love the wood anemones. Wishing you heaps more colour 🙂 🙂