signs of spring.

Yesterday the Navimag (backpacker-style "cruise" and cargo ship that sails 3 days through Patagonian fjords and connects Puerto Natales with Puerto Montt in the north) arrived with some travelers and lots of food cargo. Suddenly way-too-expensive blueberries, California red grapes, arugula and boxes of fruit + veggie delicacies crowded the aisles of our local market. It's only in the last year or so (and then, only during the impending summer months) some locals have even seen an blueberry. The clerk asked us what they were called: uvas?; no, they are arándanos.

This morning S halved grapes into our cereal bowls. We went for a walk along the coast, covered in litter (as it always is) and in the yellow beginnings of dandelions. In town, red and happy yellow tulips abound and show their black inner bellies. Occasional snapdragons sidle up to the fronts of houses, and leaves of lupine sprout from the brown ground. There are even daffodils, which I've never seen before here. Daffodils. These may be my favorite flower, and, yes, they are even more endearing to me for Wordsworth and having visited Tinturn Abbey way back in the olden golden days of a college semester abroad.

For everybody cruising into spring, I hope it's filled with flowering greens. If you're enjoying the fall foliage or already feeling an early frost, I send you images of daffodils--you know, for your mind's pretty eye.

{daffodils by harold.lloyd}
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. 
--Wordsworth

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23 comments:

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

As always, what gorgeous pictures. I always feel uplifted after visiting your site!

Hollie said...

I've been enjoying lots of red grapes lately.. Blueberries have been $4 for 8 oz. here! It makes me so sad.

Jude said...

How beautiful and special that this came in! Such a nice way to usher in the new season, both in nature and your life! Change is good :)

And thank you so much for your sweet comments on our job news!

Sonja said...

It's so weird to imagine that it's spring on your side of the world!!
I wanted to respond to your costume dilema! hehe.
I can't figure mine out, but I think the pregnancy ones can be so cute!!!The painted ones are so cool! It sucks that you don't have any paint near you...buuuuut maybe you can be something like , mother nature , or a mummy :o) hehe

aizkim said...

i agree with Sonia...it felt rather weird to hear news of spring when it's like raining in my side of the planet practically everyday. Oh i wish we could have spring here too. I super adore your photo...how did you take it so beautifully soft?

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MarchMusings said...

A little Wordsworth makes the day go better. That is truly a pretty picture!

Marcie said...

Today I was longing for spring because it is dark when I get up and get home from work. Enjoy the warmer weather. I should head over for a vacation and get some vitamin D!

xo M

Anonymous said...

I never thought I would agree with this opinion, but I’m starting to see things differently.

rachel! said...

how weird...life without blueberries! gosh, the seasons are beautiful, aren't they? <3

Mariska Meijers said...

When you write like this I feel that you live on such another planet :). There are many things that one takes for granted living in a city like Amsterdam. Thank you for your food for thought! x

Claire Kiefer said...

So pretty! I love daffodils, maybe second to poppies? Soon enough you'll be back here in poppy land!

Dawn said...

Oh THANK YOU!
I needed daffodils....we got snow 2 days ago and it won't go away.
It IS only to be fall!

I love your photos.
How refreshing:))

Signe said...

Those grapes looks so good, great picture!

Krystal said...

heather, your writing is so relaxing to me, you have such a beautiful heart :)

LatteLisa said...

spring and daffodils ... mon dieu

Wild and Precious said...

beautiful images! love spring but am enjoying our fall right now!



p.s. a little surprise on the blog today for you... you've been wiggled! :) swing over and grab your badge! xo

cailen ascher said...

what beautiful photos! (those grapes look delicious : )

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

That made me think of all that I take for granted! Everyday I can pick from an abundance of fruit and vegetables all year around. When I grew up in Norway I remember the excitement of the seasons, the first strawberry and yes picking the first blueberries of the year in the forest and running back to the cottage to put sugar and cream on them... there is such charm in these events. Well, now I became all nostalgic, had I a bouquet of daffodils next to me now I think I could cry:)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Man I wish it was spring here. It was snowing today, ick.

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

that is so interesting...they'd really never seen a blueberry?

fun fact: they are a 'superfood!' :)

bicocacolors said...

es siempre un placer pasear por aquí, tus fotos son fantásticas!!!
esta de las uvas parece un cuadro, es maravillosa!!
gracias y feliz fin de semana

Ashley said...

LOVE that quote from Wordsworth, because I LOVE daffodils!

Rachel Elizabeth said...

Love this post all over. Its turning to fall here, as much as it can in Southern California.

The quote is great :]

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