“BELOVED, thou hast brought me many flowers
Plucked in the garden, all the summer through
And winter, and it seemed as if they grew
In this close room, nor missed the sun and showers.
So, in the like name of that love of ours,
Take back these thoughts which here unfolded too,
And which on warm and cold days I withdrew
From my heart’s ground. Indeed, those beds and bowers
Be overgrown with bitter weeds and rue,
And wait thy weeding; yet here’s eglantine,
Here’s ivy!—take them, as I used to do
Thy flowers, and keep them where they shall not pine
Instruct thine eyes to keep their colors true,
And tell thy soul their roots are left in mine.”*
*Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861), Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIV
Today marks the beginning of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival so to celebrate we visited the orchards yesterday to capture images for our festival celebration. This festival is huge bringing in 250-300K folks into the City of Winchester to attend the festivities. There are many activities from today, April 26 to May 5 including the famous fireman’s parade and tonight’s “Uncork the Bloom” and more. Enjoy the blooms!
We have also created some lovely apple blossom prints which will be on the blog and galleries soon. This image is a sneak peek.
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Visit the official Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival here for map and schedule.
What an incredibly beautiful weekend and another glorious day today! We captured over 20 hours of images this weekend and what a joy it was! Photography is a wonderful gift we have to capture moments in time whether people, special events, moments that are precious or our beautiful creation in all of its splendor of seasons. Have a beautiful week and capture life!
Spring Whispers is one of our newest in the Art on Canvas Collection of our “Timeless Photography” and will be included in print later this year.