April has entered, as promised by the adage,
with showers. Heavy rains have grayed the skies
all around, creating a backdrop for the newly
bloomed daffodils, jonquils, and -- dare I say it?
dandelions. Better yet, the magnolias have
shed their little velvet sweaters and
are starting to bloom delicate shades of mauve.
I got these pictures just after the flowers
had opened, and well before chilly spring winds
whip the flowers into a frenzy, coating the
petals with rust-colored tears.