Friday, April 23, 2010

Well, I never . . .





. . . have ever seen spring so early in Minneapolis!


I've always marveled at how trees up here can sprout leaves from the middle of May, start turning colors in October, have shed their leaves before November, and continue to survive year after year. But they do--and our flash of green is always glorious.


But lilac buds and nearly leafed out trees in April? It's astonishing.








On the way to work yesterday, my bus got sick, belched white smoke, and passed out -- in a lovely part of town. I had my little point and shoot at the ready and snapped away until the next bus arrived.


The oaks, as always, are taking their time

It's been a while since I posted pictures of my sweet Ginsberg. 


[This would be a good time to stop reading if you don't wish to hear one more blogger carry on about a puppy . . . wink, wink, Suldog]

Closing in on 4 months soon, he's been through a rough spell with a tummy that has played host to all sorts of unpleasant critters. I won't go into the the details. Suffice it to say he got a bit skinny there for a while.


But today he had a nice, um, solid day, even alerting me to nature's call. So to celebrate, off to the dog park we whisked him. 


"Who's afraid of the big Great Dane? Not I," said the stalking pup.


"On second thought, maybe I should play with someone my own size."


"Or practice making cat shadows"


Oh, and Mr. B's new favorite phrase: "RELEASE THE KRAKEN!" After which we unlatch the crate and out spills one fine Alaskan Husky . . .




. . . who isn't a monster at all, but a canine of the Contemplative Order . . .




. . . for whom no stick is too is a match!




May your spring be full of astonishment and joy!

22 comments:

Delwyn said...

Hi kathlene

your pup is gorgeous, but why does he sleep in a crate?

happy days

Derrick said...

Lovely pictures, Kathleen, of nature and dog! That bottom-in-the-air stance looks kinda interesting!

ellen abbott said...

It's been awhile since you posted period! I really like the picture of the trees and blue sky.

I love that...release the kraken! Ginsberg is a fine pup.

Linda said...

Guess your bus caught what's been going around in Iceland (belching smoke) and way to be prepared with the camera, capturing the beautiful early spring colors. Hope Ginsberg is over the rough patch. Funny, he's perfected the Halloween cat shadow.

Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner said...

Was Laura able to bring you your lilacs this year, despite the global weirding? :-)

Erin Davis said...

I am always taken aback with surprise and pleasure when the trees come back to life. We've already got lilacs blooming here, too! And thanks for continuing to share your puppy love with us.

Joanna said...

Gosh--he's just so adorable. How can you keep your camera pointed anywhere else? Although the spring photos are lovely. Minneapolis is almost on a par with Victoria!

Barb said...

Your spring colors are glorious. Sorry to hear of Ginsberg's tummy/intestinal woes - he looks chipper, though. I love the photo of him pointing his ears.

Kathleen said...

@Delwyn: Thanks! We're potty-training Ginsberg using a crate. He actually really likes it. He calms down right away and conks out.

Kathleen said...

@Delwyn: Thanks! We're potty training Ginsberg using a crate. It's like his little den and he really likes it. He even goes it it on his own!

Kathleen said...

@Derrick: Thanks! Yeah, we get that view quite a lot, actually! Ha!

Kathleen said...

@Ellen: Yeah, it's been a busy time workwise, and having a pup is so much work. But I'm no complaining. Though I have missed blogging and visiting!

Kathleen said...

@Linda: Isn't that Halloween cat shadow wild! I didn't see it when I snapped the shot. I was just lucky to get anything! He was wild with joy to be free-running!

Kathleen said...

@jgw: would you believe it? No one's brought me lilacs yet. I need grandkid! That's so funny that you remembered.

Kathleen said...

@Erin: We sure seem to have similar weather! I really want to see your beloved Little Spokane!

Kathleen said...

@Joanna: Thanks for your sweet remarks about Ginsberg! I'd really like to visit Victoria sometime!

Kathleen said...

@Barb: Thanks! He's doing much, much better. I love that pointed ear look myself. I was tempted to rename him "Spock" but he's simply is Ginsberg. No two ways about it!

Erin Davis said...

Come any time, Kathleen!

Petra said...

The lilac buds are beautiful and I love the photo with the oak and the building, it's tilted composition and contrasts are interesting to look at again and again. :-)

嘉容嘉容 said...

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steven said...

kathleen - i love the third pic down. wow!! cool blossoms and doggy pictures. it's so good to be outside playing. steven

Suldog said...

Oh, geez. You know I like YOUR dog :-)

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