Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter, Happy Spring~

A field of Bradford Pear trees as the sun came up~

~ Happy Easter to those of you who Believe ~

"Easter, also called Pasch, or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the

 resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having

occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.

 It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of 

fasting, prayer, and penance"

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:


Stewart for:

Bradford Pear trees, so beautiful during the Spring blossom time, but now I understand that they have become invasive and that is not a good thing~

    I visited Henry's Ark a wildlife preserve and photographed the Peacocks and Peahen this                                                                                  past week~

My Siberian Squill is always one of the first flowers to show under the trees and close to the ground~

Early nesting and rearing of young ones duty for the little Chickadee pair in my neighbor's backyard~

Weeping Cherry Trees at Cave Hill Cemetery~

Eveas, the Praying Mantis
Our Winter visitor was with us 3 months as of yesterday, March 24.  He has begun to fade and I cannot imagine he will survive much longer.  I have really grown to enjoy him and the way he follows me with his eyes and he also knows my voice.  My husband thought that I should maybe order one as a pet, but their life span being so short, and my getting attached, I would rather not.  If one comes to Tingsgrove again some cold Winter's day, I would welcome it, as it has been a fascinating journey nonetheless~

*** Update...I find it almost symbolic somehow, that our Christmas Eve visitor has perished this day on Easter Eve~

One of my dear blogging friends Sallie (FullTime-Life) said in the comments below..

The update on Eveas reminded me of a favorite quote that you probably know already: "The Butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough." 
 Rabindranath Tagore
I like that!

The Eastern Meadowlarks have returned~


  1. ohhhhhhhhh so many beautiful shots to titillate my mind.

    The first series, really has me needing to sneeze, though.

    Happy Easter.

  2. What gorgeous blooms on the trees! You take amazing photos. Have a blessed weekend. Hugs, Diane

  3. You took some amazing pictures of so many different beautiful things! This is my first time visiting with you, and how happy I am to have met you! I loved your story of the praying mantis. The Bradford Pears are simply gorgeous, wow! Their colors are simply stunning, such delight to photograph them... you did a great job with all the pictures!

    Praying you have a blessed and very special Easter!

  4. The trees are just gorgeous -- I've never seen them in bloom; wish I could! But your pictures are the next best thing. Love the birds.

    The update on Eveas reminded me of a favorite quote that you probably know already: "The Butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough." (Rabindranath Tagore).

    Happy Spring and Happy Easter Week Mary. Thank you for sharing the beauty and the joys and sorrows.

  5. The blooming trees are spectacular and I love the peacocks. The colours are gorgeous. I wish you a Happy Easter!

  6. Hello, the blossoming trees are all gorgeous. I love the pretty peacock. It is always nice to see the Meadowlark, they are uncommon around here. Beautiful post. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  7. Once more, Mary, your amazing images leave me almost speechless,
    but I'm able to say two things: Thank you and... Happy Spring! :)

  8. So many breathtaking photos!!I really enjoyed all of them! Thank you for sharing!
    Have a good new week.

  9. The pear trees and the weeping cherry are amazing. And so are the peacocks. Enjoy your Monday!

  10. Very beautiful. I can't wait until the trees are blooming here. Happy spring to you!

  11. The bradford pears all in bloom are a magnificent sight and who wouldn't love photos of the gorgeous plumes of peacocks.
    I'm surprised the preying mantis lasted that long but you have many photos to remember from this serendipitous meeting.

  12. What a spring...all those blossoms and birds! Happy Spring!

    and LivingFromHappiness

  13. Great pictures - I'm trying to find some autumn images from this part of the world - no luck so far!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  14. Absolutely exquisite!! Bradford pears line the street where I live and they are just so beautiful!! Thank and and Happy Day!

  15. Invasive or not, so Bradford pears are glorious in blossom Mary. And those peacocks are such showy birds aren't they - and I am sure they know it. I've not seen a white one before. I hope you had a joyous Easter. hugs.

  16. Absolutely gorgeous. It looks like snow on the trees. Something out of a fantasy novel. Have a great week out with spring in the air!

  17. Hello Mary. That blossom is just amazing in its proliferation, so dense and all enveloping. It certainly looks natural but if as you say it is an invasive species then I guess someone somewhere will wish to spoil the spectacle.

    As to the praying mantis. I too understood enjoyed the quote that Sallie found.

    Good to see your meadowlarks are back and hope that is a sure sign of spring for you. here's wishing you a happy remainder of the week.

  18. Lots of lovely pictures! The flowering tree ar beautiful!


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