Inspired by...april showers,may flowers and a little skunk

April showers bring May flowers. Well one can only hope.. Around here all my flowers are painted...not planted. Forecast calling for snow flurries tomorrow. I smile only because it's almost funny. I dare Mother nature... acrylic painting, poppy and pods, art In our neck of the woods April showers also brings Skunk Cabbage! A sure sign that more spring is right around the corner..followed by more spring like weather. Lots of spring around here. skunk cabbage, whistler Pretty~ Pretty smelly. Western skunk cabbage is also known as swamp lantern. How pretty is that name?  Want to take a guess as to why its called skunk cabbage? Thats right...for the skunky odor it emits. A favorite saying around our town
You know you're a local when....when you actually love the smell of skunk cabbage swamp lantern.
I do! For me its Whistler...its spring. A sign of summer to come. I went for a dog walk yesterday to take pictures of things inspiring me. I knew that once I was out in the fresh air all thoughts of warm breezes,sunny days, bluebird sky would dissipate. Because, truth be told, I am actually quite inspired by death and decay. I don't know why..I love the antique, distressed feel, the organic shapes formed?? Maybe its just the experience of getting out there in the rain, at one with nature (insert eye roll). Soft smelling skunk, a light mist rolling over the mountains and lake, many shades of gray, the anticipation of summer, my goofy dog.....or maybe it's just my rose-colored glasses. Whatever it is ~ it makes me smile. photography, spring,whistler photography, spring buds, whistler photography, whistler, nature, birch Whenever I need a hit of inspiration I get out my camera and start with my birch. I love my birch. They have been the subject of many a photo shoot. Look at all the lovely layers of paper...which of course have made their way into my daily collage. photography, whistler, nature, birch photography, whistler, nature, dead leaf photography, whistler, nature, red canoe It's all good. I don't know if I could imagine a life without seasons. Thanks today goes out to Lori Moon. I started this blog post to participate in her May Flower challenge. Look where it led me...to a fine, appreciation of this gloomy rainy day! If you would like to play along or just need a dose of prettiness, go on over to her blog and have a look! I hope you have on your rose-colored glasses today! (especially if you live in the pacific northwest:)

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