Springish

sheep

Spring is the morning of the year…  The Golden Rod by Frank Dempster Sherman  is written about autumn, but I couldn’t find a better description for the season. All the forces of Nature awaken, the Sun is regaining his strength, a seed begins to sprout and a lamb is born. Life is young.

lamb

Morning in the mountains is quiet, hazy and cool. I get out of the car and all the sheep run away. Then they stop, and slowly come back. You think they look at me and pose for a photograph? Not at all. I left the car door open, and it is the music that fascinates the sheep. It is Camille Saint-Saëns, The Carnival of the Animals. I am not joking. The old sheep didn’t move until the music was over. The lamb were not overcome by art to that extent, and soon went around jumping and just being lamb.

sheep

The sun goes up and soon the rolling hills are lit and warmed. The weather in March is never the same too long.

comeragh

The fowl of the earth are celebrating spring too. No chicks yet, but I came across some moorhen chick photographs in Sarah Potter blog . They are so cute, have a look ! 🙂 I love these green legs! This moorhen is marching around the pond in Stephens Green Park in Dublin.

moorhen

A young gull with dramatic wings looks like a Fallen Angel. In fact, he is just trying to catch a slice of bread.

gull

I took this picture in The Burren, right beside the Poulnabrone Dolmen. These cheerful sprouts are Lamiaceae family members, but I am not sure what exactly they are.

This picture was taken in Clonmel, between Lady Blessingtons Bath and Raheen Road on St. Patrick’s day 2007. Sadly, this daffodil field doesn’t exist any more. It was leveled during the City Council reconstruction works.

daffodils

You wouldn’t believe, but the next three pictures are taken in March too. It was in 2009, we got a word that the famous Magnolia trees in Lismore Castle park were in bloom.

lismore

magnolia

Camellia, Lismore Castle garden.

camelia

An when you think that the winter is gone, there comes a hailstorm.

storm

The weather changes in a matter of minutes.

storm

reflection

On days like this, you want to sit in the beach and listen to the surf and the rustling sound of sand…

beach

…or build a castle.

castle

They say that Mark Twain once observed “one hundred and thirty six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours”. That must have been in March. Capricious March! Sometimes it is difficult to be nice and balanced in the morning, even if it is the morning of the year 😉

inesemjphotography  Have a wonderful weekend!

155 comments

  1. I had no idea that sheep were so attracted to music. We live and learn, as they say. Lovely post and stunning photos, Inese – and a very appropriate title, too. This year, it seems to have been ‘Springish’ for months! We’re all still waiting for consistently warmer weather. (But then I tell myself, ‘this is Britain we’re talking about!’) Even the poor moorhen chick had to wear its green tights.

    1. Thank you or your kind comment! Yes, the weather has been funny for months. No proper spring this year.

      I was inspired by that sheep and tried the trick a few more times, but no one was impressed and all the other sheep just run away from me. Well, not everyone is born to be a Mozart, right? 🙂

  2. I’ve seen a lot of ‘woolly jumpers’ lately too. In fact tomorrow’s post will star a few. 🙂 A few rainbows too… Happy weekend!

  3. I adore your pictures and the stories behind the scene. The pictures comes alive and vibrates the essence of the present moment. I love all of your pictures. 😉 The lamb are adorable! Knowing they pause just for the music. They become amusing just by looking at them. Thank you for these lovely stories. Diane 😉

  4. This is simply a dreamy piece of spring finding its way on my screen this morning ~ the first shot just brilliant. There is something for nature waking up in the spring that brings out all types of opportunities, for all animals. With the weather being in its normal temperamental state of spring, it is quite perfect to say here, in like a lion out like a lamb ~ Wish you a great spring time ahead Inese 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Randall! February and March are the lamb months, and it is always fun to drive up the mountains early in the morning when sheep are out for breakfast. Beautiful time of the year, it is.

  5. You have surely put together the perfect spring photo/essay combination.
    I just adore the music loving sheep, and the daffodil field is stunning.
    Thank you.

  6. Interesting, indeed! I was counting the winter and summer months yesterday, and I came to conclusion that we get only summer and winter in this part of Canada which is Ontario, and March and April for quite a few years have felt like winter, too.
    I loved the field of daffodils and felt sorry that they had removed it to make place for who knows what. Magnolias fascinate me, and even though, we won’t have any blooms soon, we are painting them after a few weeks.

    1. Oh I know what you are talking about! You only have summer and winter, and we only have autumn and spring, that’s all 🙂
      That year magnolias were in bloom at least ten days earlier than expected. Daffodils are the earliest guests, and they are normally gone by St Patrick’s day if the spring is warm. Speaking of that daffodil picture, there is nothing, just grass these days.

  7. Loved the blog – that is so interesting about the lamb liking the music. It never occurred to me that animals could enjoy it like we do. Great pix too!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! After that success, I tried to attract other sheep with music, but they were not interested at all, and run away from me.

    1. Thank you so much! I too love the moorhen! It was a bright sunny morning, and the pond was full of reflections and light. The moorhen was busy marching around the pond and picking on invisible bread crumbs.

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