I don’t know what it’s like right now where you live, but here in Minnesota we’re in the throes of a deep freeze.  Just how cold, you ask?  Let’s put it this way: the Moderna® folks would be smart to consider leasing my front stoop as a backup vaccine storage facility.  And that’s before the wind chill factor that will make this weekend’s overnight lows feel like -50° F, the perfect conditions for a snow day if it weren’t occurring on a weekend.

So maybe frigid is a better word.

It’s also very white outside, as it should be during a Midwestern winter.  And though I’m not yet sick of my hibernal milieu (that will come later—check back with me in a month or so), my mind has started to turn ever so slightly toward spring.  Last year, one method I used to cope with the winter doldrums was to write a post about gardening.  This year, though, as travel withdrawal has me wistfully perusing my travel photo archives, I’ve realized that while I don’t travel to see flowers, per se, lots of them have made their way onto my camera during our journeys.  So as my need for colors other than winter’s holy trinity—wintry white, steely gray, and cerulean blue—grows stronger, I thought I’d share the rainbow of living color I’ve stumbled upon on my travels.  Consider it therapy for the winter blahs.

Seattle, Washington, USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Seattle, Washington, USA
Luang Prabang, Laos
Seattle, Washington, USA
Kew Gardens, London, England
Seattle, Washington, USA
Marksburg Castle, Braubach, Germany
Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Valloire, France
Seattle, Washington, USA
Valloire, France
Seattle, Washington, USA
Luang Prabang, Laos
Chinon, France

Ahhh . . . I feel better already.  Don’t you?

20 thoughts

  1. Yes, yes! This is a great post to see in the dead of winter. I especially like seeing poinsettias that have grown into bushes. Coming from the midwest USA that seems so odd, but so cool. Thanks for the colorful memories.

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  2. What a beautiful collection of wonderful flower photos. Is that poinsettia plant growing wild in a photo from Luang Prabang, Laos? They are such beautiful plants, and we only get to see them around Christmas when they overflood our supermarket shelves. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva

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  3. I never realized until now that flowers are severely-underrated in terms of traveling, how one could technically see the world through all sorts of breeds taken worldwide. I guess that’s one appeal of them, whether they’re kept in botanical gardens or just outside your windowsill. Their therapeutic beauty makes for a relaxing endeavor, too!

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  4. I wouldn’t mind getting in on some of that Moderna action myself. This past week has certainly made up for our unusually mild winter. In another day or two, we’re finally going to climb above zero. It’s been quite the run!

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