Signs of Spring...


Spring has sprung in Minnesota and everything is green and beginning to blossom!  I thought I'd share a few signs of spring in our yard!  I am taking Kim Klassen's Photoshop Elements class right now~ it's a fun class and I have really been learning a lot.  I used it to practice with some photos this week!  The photo above, is my first attempt at adding texture...it's not hugely noticeable, but I loved the look it gave the photo!  My cherry tree is in bloom right now~ I love the delicate white blossoms...
 

I played with a little texture on this next photo as well as the hue saturation...



The groundcover periwinkles have burst into bloom...


and a nest is abandoned on the ground...


Hostas are coming up everywhere...


May is one of my favorite months of the year... how about you?

I am joining A Rosy's Note's  Photo Feature Friday

Until next time...
Linda

34 comments

  1. Beautiful shots Linda! Glad Spring has arrived there...enjoy!

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  2. I love those first signs of spring. We took the mulch off the flower gardens yesterday and I was amazed at how much my sedum, hen & chicks, lilies etc have multiplied already.
    'hugs from afar'

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  3. Beautiful shots around your garden! Love the birdhouse, and your texture looks great! Glad you are enjoying Kim's class, she really is an inspiration!

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  4. I love spring too - it is already here in the South, my hosta's are already thigh high!! I am your newest follower!

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  5. Great photos! Your greenery and blossoms are lovely, the greenery is just beginning and the buds are a ways off still here in Manitoba just a bit north west of you.
    I love the new growth that happens in May, the anticipation, but despise the rain!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  6. I noticed the texture on your first photo... right away! Fun that you're taking a class. Our trees are in bloom and shoots coming up everywhere. Ahhh... May is my favorite month too.

    Have a great weekend, Linda! :D

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  7. Your photos look so nice Linda! Don't you just love using textures. Look at the pretty white blossoms on your cherry tree. I can't wait for my apple tree to bloom.

    I just put up Photo Feature Friday...finally :)

    Tricia ♥

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  8. Beautiful photos of Spring! Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Your photos are so pretty I am so excited that everything is coming up and blooming! I love May as well especially when it comes with warmer weather. :)

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  10. I love your little birdhouse. Your garden pictures are wonderful. I'm trying to find the time to do some fun things with my pictures....it's not happening. Yours look great!
    Hmm, I think it's a toss up between May and October. Our winters are pretty mild here compared to other parts of the country, and after our long hot summer, I'm ready for the cooler weather.

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  11. How fun, your blog will just get better and better with all you are learning. Lezlee

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  12. What great photos, Linda! May is my absolute favorite time of the year! I just wish that it didn't go by so darn fast:)

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  13. We're finally getting some spring here too. Hope it doesn't go to summer too fast. Have a great weekend. Mimi

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  14. Gorgeous pictures! I want to do more photoshop courses... so much to learn! X

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  15. Linda, I'd say you are doing very well with your photography! Love those close-ups of the flowers. Hope you have a wonderful spring weekend. Ann

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  16. I have passed a couple of awards on to you. Love your beautiful blog!
    http://redhenhome.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-want-to-take-minute-to-thank-full.html

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  17. Beautiful photos! I love it when the Hostas are just peeking through...anticipation of the beauty to come. Happy Spring!

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  18. Gorgeous shots Linda, love your blossoms!

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  19. Wonderful Linda,
    love the Hostas,- and also the Periwinckles-even they take over very quickly-
    your fhotoes are great looking, --have fun with your class-
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  20. Your photos are quite lovely! I fear that if I ever get into textures with photos, I'll never get around to anything else!
    Brenda

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  21. Love the pictures Linda. Cherry blossoms are some of my favorites. You got some pretty shots. Glad you are enjoying Kim's class. I learned a lot from her!

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  22. Really beautiful shots Linda! I need to take a class like that. I have no idea how to use photoshop and always ask my daughter to do things for me.

    Manuela

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  23. Gorgeous photos, my friend!
    We have big, puffy clouds and a cool breeze today, I love it! Our spring usually lasts about 2 days, so I'll take the weather today!
    xo
    lynn

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  24. Hi Linda,
    I'm glad spring has sprung your way! I talked with my old neighbor from Minnesota a couple of days ago and he said the same thing. I think we are planning a road trip up there to visit them sometime this summer. If we do I'd love to meet up with you somewhere.
    Your pictures are beautiful. I love all of the flower shots.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Jane

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  25. Your photographs are lovely...I really want to take a class and learn how to take and make better pictures!

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  26. Hi lovely lady. You take Beautiful shots !!! I need to take a class and leard how to make my pictures better on my Tablescapes. I miss your comments sweet lady. I hope you have a Great Week.
    XXOO
    Diane

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  27. The bird nest shot is lovely.You are surely doomed...once you start editing it is addicting.

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  28. So very pretty...wish I had your green thumb :) Laurel

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  29. Hi Linda,
    Haven't the past couple of days been like Heaven!!?? Yeah!!!
    Great photos! My lilacs are almost ready to bloom and the lily of the valley too!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  30. You really captured Spring, even though we haven't had much of it. Beautiful pics!
    xxx Liz

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  31. Linda your photos are so pretty. The cherry blooms are gorgeous. Sure hope your planning a garden tour soon! I'd be the first to sign up!

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  32. Hello my sweet sweet friend! :0) I wish we had a place that gave lessons in photoshop...and photography too for that matter! :)
    Your flowers are so pretty and I know you've been itching for Spring, so I'm glad you're finally getting it. We've been in the stinkin' 40's in KY this week...we're supposed to be in the 70's, so what's up with that?!
    Oh and I can't wait to see my laundry room done too..it's getting oh so close! :)
    Hugs to you girl
    Missy

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  33. I hope to take a photography class soon too! Can't wait to see your photos :)

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