Springtime – a season of change, a season of hope, and a season of color.  I’ve always looked forward to spring and its warmth and beauty.  In Minnesota spring seems to condense and then open up all in a small time period.  It’s as if you can literally watch the grass become green and the leaves pop out from the buds on the trees.  Everything draws deep into the color palettes as Mother Nature wakes up from winter.  One of my favorite flowers are tulips with all their styles and hues, colors and textures.  They are the precursor to the abundance of late spring and summer and all the rich colors that follow.  On a dreary day they can be the one bright spot in the garden.  And on a sunny day they glow as their colors are set off by the warmth and brilliance of the sun.

Dawn at Como 0354_StaatsThe past week was cold and wintry.  It seemed that we had a clipper blow through every day, dropping a couple of inches of snow, then moving on.  That meant daily shoveling (oh yeah!) and lots of overcast days with gray skies.  But one morning I woke up, looked to the east, and thought there might be some clearing skies and a beautiful sunrise.  I quickly dressed, covered up in multiple layers, and ventured out into the cold early dawn to Como Park.  Best part was that I wasn’t disappointed.  The thin layer of clouds to the east allowed the sun to reflect its brilliant colors onto the sky and it became of palette of beautiful hues.  As quickly as the colors of the dawn reached its crescendo, it likewise disappeared to the brightness of a sunny day, all reflected in the snow covering the ground.