The weather in Blacksburg seems to have finally changed for the better. Today was beautiful, clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid-60s. After finishing one of my big assignments for this week, I decided to head out and take some pictures. On the way out to the duckpond, I noticed a few flowers beginning to bloom along the side of the road. I then changed my destination to the Hahn Horticulture Gardens to see if there was anything blooming there as well. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much, but what there was was a welcome sight after almost two months of snow on the ground.
I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, but I really like the way this picture came out. Shot in super macro mode leaning across a bed of flowers that had not yet bloomed, I was worried that these would turn out too shaky, but I guess the image stabilization in the camera did its job. I love the colors in this shot, the green, the orange, and all the different shades of purple from the sun shining through some of the petals.
It is refreshing on a large number of levels to see things blooming again. It means an end to the dreary, gray days of winter, and a return to the warmer, more colorful days of spring and summer. It means an opportunity to spend more time outside rather than huddled in the warm buildings.
Unfortunately, the coming of spring also means that the semester is quickly coming to a close. I will report that I made a decision about my summer plans, and will be attending the mathematics REU at Oregon State. Though I won’t be making that much over the summer, I think this is the best choice for me in the long run, and that it will give me a better indication of what I want to do once I graduate.
Anyway, I look forward to being able to post more pictures like this once more of the flowers start blooming 🙂