I am not sure I remember ever enjoying a spring as much as we are this year.
After the long winter, we are just so happy to get outside. We have been enjoying our evening walks in the woods. I often take pictures when we are in Upstate NY, but I am trying to appreciate more of the beauty right here in NJ so I have been bringing my camera along.
This wooded area is right in our town and it is one of our favorite spots to visit. The smell of the tall pines reminds us of the Adirondacks. Matthew, my youngest boy, and I found this hollowed out tree. It was fun to consider what might live here...perhaps a hobbit? :)
Spring also means trips to the garden center. I impulsively picked up a Gardenia plant (shrub?) at Home Depot this week and it smells heavenly. I know nothing about growing gardenias, and found out after doing some research online that they can be difficult to grow in our area. Oh well, I will try my best (with my non-green thumb) and enjoy the scent of the flowers while they last. It is in a container in our covered patio area.
On my afternoon ride to pick up my oldest son at his high school to drop him off at work, I pass over this beautiful area. Always a treat when the trees bloom in spring. I took this picture from the car.
And decided these trees were worthy of stopping.
Back at our house, we are busy mulching, opening the pool, and planting flowers. Even though there is so much work to be done, it feels great to be outside (except for the itchy eyes and sneezing). Inside the house, I have a new bookshelf project to share later this coming week.