Soon the snow will melt, and soon it will be spring!  We enjoyed a quick vacation to Salt Lake City the past few days.  There were remnants of snow when we arrived, but the sun was warm and the temperatures climbed each day.  Being from snow-bound Minnesota, I was thrilled to see these lovely spring crocus –  fighting off the cold and the snow of winter, bravely blooming and reminding us that spring will conquer winter and we will be surrounded by color once again. Soon.

My earlier spring photographs have been bright and full of color.  But today’s photo is more of a pastel, with shades of blue and purple.  I was at the spring flower show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory today.  And just as cloudy and gray as the skies were outside, the flower show was full of colors – blues, pinks, reds, and greens.  It was a wonderful sight and yet the colors were almost too many and too much.  My eye was drawn to this lovely crocus that was stretching skyward and set off by the blue hydrangea behind it.  The subtlety of the colors was wonderful and the bit of orange that the crocus threw skyward was the perfect accent color.  The blues reminded me of the bluest of skies that we can get after a spring rain as well as the lovely blue lakes that grace the landscape here in Minnesota.  So I’m now adding pastels to my palette of colors of springtime.