Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Smiles 61: The color of a spring day

It's Friday, and time once again to visit Annie at A Stitch in Time for our end-of-the-week smile. I confess it's been a busy week for me, because I've been gone more than I've been home.  Were it not for the late nights I spent on my computer visiting my blogging friends, I wouldn't have accomplished much at all.

So I'm not sure what there is to smile about this week, other than to show you scenes I photographed yesterday when Sally and I ran some errands.

The back story here is, I keep telling all my British and European friends how lovely their GREEN grass is, while mine has either been covered with the white stuff (which we just got rid of by the way), or was the color of dead brown.


So yesterday, I took my camera to capture some scenes on the way to our destination, and to show some of you not familiar with American cities, what part of mine looks like  (note to Bleubeard: remind me to crop the half open window out of the photos next time).  I have no idea how the brown leaves stayed on the above tree all winter, since it's been so windy, but I assure you, I was as shocked as you when I saw it.

Those geese have taken up residence around the river and beyond, because people misguidedly fed them the first year they stayed over the winter.  Now they won't leave and they occupy all areas of the city, not just the rivers.  In case you are interested (which you probably aren't), this is the Little Arkansas River.  The Big Arkansas River is about one mile west and helps isolate my neighborhood from excessive traffic and theft.

As we drove through residential neighborhoods, I noticed even more trees that had kept their leaves through our hard and windy winter.

Soon we were going so quickly, I had to roll the window up, but was still able to snap a few shots.  As you can see, the only green is the evergreens.

Once we slowed down, I rolled the window down again, thinking I had gotten it down far enough.  The nice thing was, Sally's glass is tinted green, so there is a false sense of spring 

in these photos. 

Granted, the neighborhoods we drove through were what one would consider definitely "working class," but you can see, no matter where we drove, there was no green to be seen.  I suspect that will put a smile on your face, if you live in green Britain because you are so lucky, or it will put a smile on your face because your area is white with snow, or your area is brown like mine.  Regardless, I hope you smile, if for no other reason than it's nearly the weekend, and Annie at A Stitch in Time has links that truly WILL put a smile on your face. 

25 thoughtful remarks:

Annie said...

Gorgeous pics Elizabeth. I always enjoy seeing other parts of this world we live in.....and I do have to say I'm smiling at the green around us here even if we are already having to mow lawns at a house we thought we would be long moved from......patience Annie! :-)
Hugs,
Annie x

Gill Edwards said...

thanks for the trip round your neighbourhood Elizabeth. Im sorry you dont have enough green but im sure things will soon be opening for Spring there and colours will be restored.
Have a great week
Gill x

see you there! said...

Fun to see the neighborhood. CA is in a drought so I'm afraid we are going to be much browner this year than usual.

Darla

Divers and Sundry said...

geese are fine in principle, but wow! are they messy! and aggressive!

Hettie said...

The nosey side of me likes to see other parts of the world so thank you for that.
Let me tell you, it is always green in Wales - it is called mould! LOL! Some of our mountains are cement just painted green to fool people! (I am joking of course!)
Happy Friday.
Hugs
xx

Twiglet said...

Thanks for the trip! Pop over to my blog see our Spring colours! x Jo

BumbleVee said...

Sigh.... bare ground...... we had it for a week...but, only in the sunny backyard....and then...whammo... more snow yesterday and more forecast for tonight, tomorrow and the foreseeable week..... and, there are piles 3 feet deep in the front yard where the sun doesn't shine yet...not high enough in the sky yet.....

Caro said...

Thank you for the snap shot into your neighbourhood. Always lovely to see where others live. Thanks for the smile. Caro x (#8)

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thank you for giving me the heads up about this post! I find it so interesting to see ordinary US neighbourhoods because we see the touristy landscapes on TV all the time. I see what you mean about the brown grass and trees...our countryside is brilliant viridian green at the moment and the mosses are so luminous they are almost fluorescing!
It's fascinating to see how the houses are so different to ours too....
Thanks for the show around :-)
Jan xx

Halle said...

We are starting to see bare ground around the base of our trees...but spring is still a ways off I fear. Mid-20s for weekend highs. :(

Judys Fabrications said...

Enjoyed seeing your street Elizabeth.I have been sneezing my way through another week..will this "bug" ever go! The Friday Smiles is nice..a real cheer-up!

MaggieC said...

I really enjoyed your tour today. I have only seen a very small part of the USA, the area round Cocoa Beach and Disney World, ad then Fort Lauderdale for a couple of nights before we flew home. Geoff's nephew and his American wife live in New Jersey so I occasionally see picture of their area. My lawn looks green until you look harder, and it really needs some good soil and seed scattered to fill in all the gaps after the appallingly wet winter. It might recover, given time. grass is amazingly resilient. I think the mathematical mind works for those tests, because it generally reads the question properly, rather than just a couple of words and jumping to conclusions. I do not have a mathematical mind at all, and I learned to speed read at junior school. An interesting exercise though. xx Maggie

mamapez5 said...

It was interesting to see your part of the world. It is so very different from UK and from here in Spain. We are starting the warm season much browner than usual, as we had very little rain this winter. It is a pity we can't pipe some of England's excess over here. But it is always good to see spring arriving. I hope you have some green grass soon. Kate x

Eliza said...

Thanks for sharing your part of the world, sad to see brown but you do get snow and this is all part of the cycle. We have green most of the time but we don't have snow but we also have plants everywhere in most cases but I don't see much of that in your area either, like garden beds with roses etc. Smile on the bright side of things is you don't have to mow the lawn.

Thanks for sharing
Hugs Eliza

dawn said...

Hello!! Sadly my town looks just like yours, I keep looking for spring but no signs yet. I do the same thing with my Australian friends, they are hot over there and we are freezing over here. We keep saying we want to trade. My friend in California got the sprinkler out this past weekend for her kids. They spent all weekend outside playing in the sun and water. SIGH!! I told her I'd be on the next plane out, lol.
Have a great weekend! Are you ready for one month from today??? I can't wait to see what you do for your Earth day/birthday plans!!
p.s. I LOOOOVE the spring page you did below!! SO PRETTY!!!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous photos Elizabeth, they so remind me of my happy sojourn in your wonderful country. We may have a lot of green in Scotland but we also have a lot of mud caused by the incessant rain, and then there's the gales - well, enough! We can complain whatever we've got :) Hopefully you will be surrounded by a sea of green in the not too distant future. Greetings from Bonnie to Bleubeard. Elizabeth xx

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Thank you for the tour of your area. Great photos! At this point, I'd take a "faux" sense of Spring :) Maybe I should get my car windows tinted green and drive around. No signs of spring here yet.

Stay well. xo

Karla B said...

Such a beautiful place Elizabeth! Now it is fall here but it is still hot.Hope this insane weather can change as soon as possible and soothe us.

Rita said...

Okay! Green tinted windows! I wondered why the trees and grass looked green through the car window--LOL! We have brown and white over our way. I am very familiar with brown scenery. Looks like a nice neighborhood. :)

Jo Murray said...

I'm smiling because I've had a mini-tour of your neighbourhood...so different to mine. All the houses here are brick and tile, and our trees rarely lose their leaves. At present it's all green, but often drought turns the grass brown.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Not much green here either although I did spot some grass trying to green up a bit. Cold is back and we are due for a double digit snowstorm Wednesday I hear. So much for melting. Nice views.....nice to see all the tree lined streets. xox

Carol said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind words x I have enjoyed looking at your blog - wow I almost smelt the coffee on your lunches :) love your art and photos - we have daffodils in bloom, budding trees and I cut the lawns this week. How strange those fall coloured trees at this time of year - I hope spring comes soon for you :)

Vicki Miller said...

There is no green here in australia at the moment. As we are still waiting for the autumn rain. Of course Gum trees are not deciduous, but they still look decidedly grey at present. Thanks for your comments on my blog

Nan G said...

Always gives me a smile to going traveling (via camera) with you, Elizabeth. Thanks for the tour. Hope spring springs up soon for you. Hugs to Bleubeard from the Girls. And me too

Dianne said...

yep, it's pretty brown in Ohio right now too....but I have hope!