Signs of spring

I can’t think of any time we have needed spring more than we need it now. The picture was taken on April 2, 2012. We had an early spring that year and I believe it is coming early this year. I can see tinges of green when I look across the flooded river.

The buds on the crabapple trees are huge. I predict they will open in the coming week.

I am going to go on a spring treasure hunt next week while staying at least 10 feet away from you and your family. I’ll see how many signs of spring I can find.

Harriet Island regional park
Harriet Island Regional Park


Don’t miss spring

I am being bombarded with advertising from businesses that want my business. I don’t think most people are thinking about business or about real estate either.

Usually, real estate isn’t an emergency and I don’t feel the need to use current events as part of my marketing strategy.

As much as I enjoy my own real estate I decided to get outside and enjoy the sunshine yesterday.  I went for a long walk along the river. There are signs of spring everywhere and not many people out and about.

There are signs of spring in my own yard, the crocus are blooming and the daffodils are sprouting as are the tulips. There is a pair of birds who have taken an interest in the birdhouse too.



Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some photographs from past Saint Patrick’s day parades. It is kind of a virtual parade.  The biggest difference in the parades from one year to the next is the weather.

We can have temperatures hovering around zero or they can be as high as 70. Some years it rains or snows and other years there is sunshine. One year it was so windy that I got a picture of a little green dog’s ears blowing in the wind.

There is always a St. Patrick’s day parade in downtown St. Paul except for this year there isn’t which makes the day one for the history books.

Enjoy Faux Spring Weekend

It is nice to have some warmer weather. The air smells and feels like Spring but it is a fake spring that will soon pass. There will be a first, second and third spring before winter loses its icy grip.

I took this picture last year on March 10th

March 10, 2019, snowstorm

This picture was taken on April 15th 2018 after a two-day snowstorm.

April 15, 2018

I also have pictures of wildflowers blooming in the woods in the middle of April. I guess it could go either way.

Don’t rake those leaves

Maple leaf
Maple leaf

You don’t need to rake all of those pretty leaves. There are a few reasons not to.  The leaves provide shelter and even food for animals like chipmunks, box turtles, and earthworms. Butterfly pupae use the layers for protection as they grow over the chilly months.

As the leaves decompose (no, they won’t litter your lawn forever), they form a natural mulch and help fertilize the soil. They can be mulched with the lawnmower next spring.

Leaves do not belong in the trash. If you must rake take them to one of them to a compost site. Personally, I like to photograph them. Have you ever photographed a leaf using a macro lens?

Yellow – the hardest interior color to photograph

It isn’t unusual to find an entire house where every room has been painted yellow. It isn’t for everyone but it is a popular color especially in older homes. Bright yellow brings joy and energy into a room. Mutes yellows can make a room feel cozier and gold can make a room look elegant. Mustard yellow is a current decorating trend.

Over the years I have learned how to photograph yellow so that it always looks right. I am not going to give away my secrets but it has to do with white balance. The wrong white balance makes the photo look yellowish. The right white balance makes the walls look yellow. Trust me there is a huge difference.

Walls that are yellowish-green or umber or some shades of red can also be hard to photograph. I like to use the RAW camera format so that I can go back and change the white balance if needed.  I guess I just gave away a trade secret. 🙂  Using auto white balance rarely works out with yellow walls.

Yellow exteriors are easy and even fun to photograph especially with a blue sky or fall leaves in the background. These days I see a lot of yellow paired with shades of gray which is less of a challenge for interior lighting.

There is more to photography than pointing an iPhone at something but sometimes iPhone photography works.

queen anne
Mustard yellow on a Queen Anne in the fall