Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Has Sprung!

Hot pink tulips and fresh-squeezed orange juice -
a springtime treat!
I don't know what the weather is like where you live, but here in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is definitely Spring! Flowers are popping up, the cherry trees are in bloom, and asparagus is back in the markets! What I love about this time of year is how full of hope it feels. So many of us make resolutions around January 1st, but this is the time of year that I feel is full of promise and new beginnings. Spring is a great time to take a look back at those goals you set in January - Are you on track? Do you need to adjust some things? Maybe set some new goals?

Calla Lilies grow all over the place here.
After spending months cooped up inside due to cold temperatures and wet weather, Spring means that I can get outside for longer hikes and bike rides. More daylight = more outdoor fun! This change in the seasons is one of my favorite times of the year. During the summer months in California, everything dries out and turns golden brown, but in spring the hills are green, still full of water from the winter rains. The grasses and shrubs are in full color, and flowers start blooming on the hillsides. It is truly beautiful!

Muir Beach seen from the Coastal Trail

Looking southward from the Coastal Trail -
somewhere between Tennessee Valley and Muir Beach
The Crystal Springs Reservoir on a recent morning.
As fantastic as it is that I have some amazing places in nature just a short drive away, frequently you really don't have to go very far beyond your door to find beautiful things. For example, this Magnolia tree on my block is absolutely beautiful right now. It's branches were barren for months, but it now has tons of pink and purple blooms. I've seen people taking portraits under it, or snapping a picture of the tree like I did.

Beautiful Magnolia tree in the neighborhood.

Magnolia blossoms

Sometimes all it takes to recognize a beautiful moment is to be more mindful, more aware of your surroundings. Perhaps that means not listening to music on your iPod, and instead listening to the birds. Or maybe it means not texting or talking on the phone as you walk down the street, but instead looking around you, noticing the other people and natural surroundings.

A New Zealand Christmas Tree (metrosiderous excelsus)
in SF's Richmond District.
So, the next time you're out and about in your neighborhood, try putting down the technology, and see what signs of nature you notice. Big or small, I'd love to hear about your observations in the comments below!


  1. Beautiful! I love the pictures from the Coastal Trail!

    1. Thanks Carrie! The Coastal Trail is amazing, isn't it?

  2. is that blood orange juice? it's so dark!

    1. The oranges used in the juice were of the Cara Cara variety. They came in our CSA box and are now my favorite!