Spring Pickin’s March – April 2012

Photo & Design by Donaville Herrick

Are you participating in our Spring Pickin’s project? Feel free to join in at any time this spring and leave a comment with a link to your Spring Pickin’s posts!

The first of my spring pickin’s from March through April were solely from around the house. We’ve had a bit of rain in the past couple of months which had its ups (we needed it badly and it brought forth loads of green around the house) and its downs (a lot of people in Southern California suddenly forget how to drive when water falls from the sky).

There were a few things from around the yard that I actually picked up and wanted to arrange, inspired by the arrangements of Miles of Light (that Mr Yen blogged about last week).

Spring Pickin's from the trees photographed by Donaville Herrick

And a few things that I preferred not to physically pick up or touch. I know snails are harmless, but they still give me the heebie jeebies. Can you spot the snails in the photos below? One of them does a good job of camouflaging itself like the roots of the plant it’s next to.

moss and snails

I’m hoping that our front yard grows more moss. It gives the yard a lot of charm and I think a garden gnome would love to make its home amongst the moss.

I snapped a few photos of the flowers in bloom, too, and would have picked a few for a bouquet if only my thumb wasn’t so black. The purple ones are a favorite of my little dearests and if they could, they would yank all of them out.

spring blooms photographed by Donaville Herrick

I photographed spring blooms in our fruit trees from the backyard, too. We seldom have the opportunity to pick apricots from the apricot tree because squirrels and birds usually get to them before they ripen.

fruit trees

Last but not least, is my favorite tree in the backyard because it so closely resembles a weeping willow (one of my favorite trees). The tree provides a great backdrop for photos that I’ve used in a few photo shoots for the seasonal guides on Discover Paper. It’s a spot where my little dearests and I like to hang out and enjoy the bountiful shade it offers. It also makes for a great hiding spot during a game of hide-and-seek.

I love the way the morning light filters through the branches and leaves. No digital filters or color correction were applied to the photos below.

tree photographed by Donaville Herrick

If you’re capturing photos of spring in your neck of the woods, let us know so we can include you in the list below!

Check out other Spring Pickin’s from these wonderful folks:

Beverly of Pinjing
Bonnie of Going Home to Roost
Emily of Peck Life
Emily of WilderLace

Kelli of Borealchick Designs

Leah Kristina of Conspiracies of Soil
Lindsay of All of Our Love

Rachel of The Block
Ru of Short, Small, & Sweet

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

7 replies on “Spring Pickin’s March – April 2012

  1. These are absolutely gorgeous, I love that tree too. :) Thanks for hosting this type of post and giving us all the opportunity to link up! YAY for spring!!!!

  2. All of your photos are beautiful! I’m going to take lots more for next month. Thanks for this great project! I’m loving being involved.

  3. Your photographs are breathtaking! I like the light you captured in the trees. Bravo!

  4. Stunning photos! Good luck with harvesting the apricots (we have trouble with our tree, too).

  5. It must be so wonderful to have so many fruit trees in your yard, even if you don’t get to enjoy all of it. And roses! We don’t have rose yet in Michigan, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting their arrival. It’s quite nice to see some, even if it is only digitally :) Oh, and willow trees are my very favorite. Beautiful!

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