Spring Photo Essay About Nature

Mother Nature can be a fickle friend, teasing us with sun and blooms one day and the next sending showers bordering on snow. As travelers, we learn to make the best of it, ducking into a museum in inclement times and walking in the park in better ones.

Despite a Spring with weather all over the map (literally and figuratively), I still marvel at what Mother Nature has wrought.

Ah, springtime! While in Dublin you confused me into thinking I was back home in Seattle. Overcast days, a spot of rain now and again, and a peek of blue sky.

We layered up to walk around the cemeteries and ruins outside of Dublin.

And when we finally got to the gardens at Powerscourt, we were rewarded with a bit of blue sky and a hint of sun.

After Dublin it was off to Berlin, where Mother Nature must have been having quite a laugh at us travelers. The first day there, when I got to do a bit of sightseeing, taunted me with sunny blue skies that necessitated sunglasses.

It was warm enough to enjoy the outdoor exhibits at the Topography of Terror and to sit for a bit and take in the horror of what had happened in that very spot.

But by the time I had another free day in Berlin, Mother Nature was laughing at my complacency and sent a little snow my way. From blue skies to snow, she certainly was keeping me on my traveling toes.

By the time I got to Brussels, Mother Nature had a lot more of that white stuff in store for me. The first day was windy and cold, but when I woke up the next morning, the white stuff covered the ground.

I still wanted to get out and see a few of the sites, but with the snow coming down so hard that I could keep my glasses clear of it, I gave up and burrowed into my hotel and got some work done.

Fortunately, as I headed on to Antwerp, the snow was more of a dusting than a dumping. The snow made the cobblestone streets a bit slippery, perhaps Mother Nature telling us to watch our step, but it was still easy enough to get around.

But I still wouldn’t want to be riding a bike in this weather.

The weather in Bruges was a mixed bag of wind, rain, and icy snow. I braved a canal ride, but it was bitterly cold to the very core of my being.

Perhaps the bitter cold was Mother Nature’s way of sending me inside, saying it was time for a little chocolate? I agreed that it was a marvelous idea, a chance to warm my hands and toes along with satisfying my taste buds.

Not quite so cold, but Mother Nature was still a bit gloomy, while wandering among the canals in Amsterdam.

It was a mixed bag of Spring weather that Mother Nature sent my way, but travelers can’t be deterred by the trivialities of snow, rain, sleet, or cold. You’ve got to enjoy where you are, try to make the best of it, and hope that Mother Nature has something better in store for you right around the corner.

Here’s to hoping the rest of Spring is a bit warmer!

This blog post is part of a round up on the topic of Nature. To see how other travel bloggers have interpreted this theme, and for a lot of great travel reading, head on over to Green Global Travel to find more.

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Tags: Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels, nature, weather

Photo Essay: Spring has sprung in Savannah and on Tybee Island Special

Savannah - The arrival of Spring has brought forth Mother Nature's color palette and visitors to Georgia's coastal empire. Flowers are blooming, swimmers and sunbathers are at the beach, and all are enjoying the sunshine.
Spring arrived on Thursday, March 20 and signs of spring were all around in Georgia's coastal empire. After an unusually long and cold winter, flowers and flowering trees and bushes were more than ready to unveil their beautiful buds. Residents of and visitors to Savannah and Tybee Island were also ready to stroll through the squares in historic downtown Savannah and hit "Savannah's Beach," Tybee Island. As Savannah.com notes, "There is no better time to visit Savannah than in the spring, when the azaleas reach their full bloom, blanketing the city in an explosion of color. From electric pink to vibrant magenta, the azaleas transform Savannah into a floral wonderland." The explosion of color can be seen in and around Forsyth Park. At the north end of the 30-acre park, two trees are the current stars of the color show. The red-pink blooms of the flowering trees are the eye-catching.
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
The bright red colors of the flowering trees can even be seen through the mist of the Forsyth Park Fountain.
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
On Gaston and Drayton Streets, azaleas and camellias are beginning to bloom. Vibrant pinks and reds, along with beautiful yellow, are simply a delight for the eyes.
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
Eighteen miles east of Savannah is Tybee Island, where the prominent colors are ocean blue and sand. When temperatures reached the high 70s on the day following the first day of spring, it was time for many to enjoy the beach. The area near the Tybee Island Pier was a popular destination.
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
There was certainly a spring in the step of children as they ran into the waves of the Atlantic ocean.
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
Discover Tybee Island invites everyone to "kick off your shoes, put your toes in the sand, and let the ocean breezes carry your worries away. We hope to see you soon here on Tybee Island, Savannah’s Beach!" Now that spring has sprung, many will be making their way to the floral wonderland that is Savannah and to the beautiful barrier island nearby.

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