On the edge of Spring in Bournemouth, UK

On the edge, of Spring., originally uploaded by Sirius Guy.

Location: Bournemouth, UK
Date: April 1, 2013
Copyright and comment: Guy Wood
Guy’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PhotoArt.By.Sirius

This photo was taken on the 1st of April, on St Catherine’s Hill, Bournemouth, UK. A friend and I where walking two dogs and I had my camera with me. My friend shouted for my attention and holding back his dogs allowed me to take this Photo! While not the very first daffodils I have seen this year, they where the first that where not accompanied with snow. The day Spring had finally arrived!

Narcissus in Asheville, North Carolina

Location: Biltmore House, Asheville, North Carolina
Date: April 7, 2013
Copyright and comment: snapdragginphoto

It was taken last Sunday, April 7 at the Biltmore House gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. Narcissus, or daffodils, herald the coming of spring just about everywhere spring is heralded (who’s Herald and what’s he got to do with this?). It’s no different here in the Walled Garden at Biltmore House www.biltmore.com/. While the tulips were a no-show at this point, these narcissus were all too happy to oblige. I use a Gitzo Explorer tripod with a centerpost that can pivot… perfect for getting down at ground level for this type of shot. I positioned it so that the forsythia beyond the gate helped to round out the narcissus. After setting the focus, all I had to do was wait around with the remote release for the wind to stop moving and for people to keep moving. That “wait around” part seemed like an hour, though more likely was about 15 minutes… either way, I think the image was worth it.

For those using Photoshop: These types of images, with a definite point of interest, are perfect for adding a vignette… it draws the eye to that point of interest. Though Lightroom has a “vignette” setting, a subtler and more controllable way to do it is through Photoshop. Select the “Elliptical Marquee” tool (the round one) by pressing “M” (if it doesn’t show up immediately, repress “M” until it does). Use it to make a selection around the focal point. In this image, I used an oval just large enough to cover the forsythia and the narcissus… the right side of it extended beyond the image, but that doesn’t matter. Go to the top tabs for Select>Modify>Feather, and enter a high setting of 400 pixels or more (for this image, I set it to 700 pixels) to soften the edges. Invert the selection by hitting ctrl/shift/I, then ctrl/J to put the selection on its own layer (ctrl = command for you Mac users). Change the blend mode on that layer from “Normal” to “Multiply”, then use the “Opacity” slider for a more suitable percentage (this image was set to 40%). Flatten the layers, and you’re done. Works nicely on big landscapes, too… just be judicious with the percentage of that “Opacity” slider.

Wild Daffodils on the Point in BC

Wild Daffodils on the Point, originally uploaded by Photocat62.

Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Date: April 1, 2013
Copyright and comment: Photocat62

I took the photo on April 1st at Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park. It’s located on the Southern end of Salt Spring Island. Salt Spring is the largest of the Gulf Islands located between Victoria and Vancouver on British Columbia’s west coast. The place where the daffodils are is a beautiful little point at the end of a 20 minute walk through the forest. At one time, there could have been a house on the point but there isn’t much evidence of anything there today. The Burgoyne Valley was settled around 1860 but luckily there hasn’t been much development over the years. BC’s first nations people lived in the area for thousands of years before the arrival of the white man. There does seem to be evidence of shell middens near where the daffodils are. The soil there is also very dark and rich compared to the rest of the surrounding area. So today the daffodils are just growing wild on the point. It looks like there were at least several hundred! I was lucky to get photos of the flowers as it’s hard to plan a trip to the park and then get there when the daffodils are perfectly in bloom. So Monday April 1 was my luck day!

Wild Daffodil Glade in Devon, UK

Wild Daffodil Glade, originally uploaded by Shufflewing.

Location: Devon, UK
Date: March 29, 2013
Copyright and comment: Jane Skelton

The photo was taken by myself on Good Friday of this year (March 29th) at one of my favourite haunts – Dunsford Wood – a river valley woodland which is owned by the National Trust and managed by Devon Wildlife Trust. The reserve is also part of the Teign Valley SSSI and is home to the rare High Brown Fritillary butterfly and the Wood Cricket. It’s just a few miles away from where I live, and my partner and I walk there regularly but this was the first time that we had seen this amazing wild daffodil display (and I’ve lived in this part of Devon 30+ years!). We found hundreds of thousands of them pushing up through last years dead bracken and smaller and much more dainty than the garden variety (the Latin name is Narcissus Pseudonarcissus). I opted for a wide angle shot and tried to capture them in their setting rather than focusing in close on a few flowerheads. Also it was a freezing cold day with fast moving cloud – one minute bright sunshine the next totally grey – so I was lucky to capture the bright blue sky in this shot.

Bluebells next month!

Spring Field at Filoli Gardens in California

Spring Field, originally uploaded by mother holda.

Location: Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California
Date: March 21, 2013
Copyright and comment: mother holda

The Daffodil field at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California is always a spectacular herald of Spring to garden lovers. The fruit trees were planted to bloom in time with the field of flowers and provide a riot of colours one wouldn’t find out of a place in an Impressionistic painting.

Minute Man and Daffodils in Lexington, Massachusetts

Minute Man Statue, originally uploaded by Massjayhawk.

Location: Lexington Battle Green, Lexington, Massachusetts
Date: April 13, 2013
Copyright and comment: Massjayhawk

We have lived in Massachusetts for 18 years and have never been to Lexington, Massachusetts. I decided to take my kids to experience it for Patriot’s Day weekend 2013. While there I snapped this photo of the Minute Man Statue on the Lexington Battle Green. After that we saw a number of Minute Men re-enactors perform on the Green.

Editor’s note: Here is a wikipedia entry on the Minute Men. With half of the readers of our First Daffodils page living in the UK, it’s very nice to be sharing daffodils and friendship, and not war as we did 300 years ago.

Daffodils Along the Potomac in Virginia

Daffodils, originally uploaded by KrsnaPixels.

Location: Lady Bird Johnson Park, Washington, DC
Date: April 7, 2013
Copyright and comment: KrsnaPixels

This photo was taken on April 7th 2013 at Lady Bird Johnson Park while we were on our way to see the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC. This reminded me of a poem by William Wordsworth titled Daffodils:
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze”

Editor’s note: You can see Memorial Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument in the distance. Here is information about these daffodils:
http://daffodilfestivals.com/insidetemp.php?festid=3970

Primrose Beauty in West Cornwall, UK

Primrose Beauty, originally uploaded by Tim’sSeaGlimpses.

Location: West Cornwall, UK
Date: April 9, 2013
Copyright and comment: Tim’sSeaGlimpses

We bought a few bulbs of ‘Primrose Beauty’ from Fentongollen (flowerfarm.co.uk) last autumn, so this is our first season of growing the variety.

As their catalogue says, they have multi-headed double flowers – late flowering – with beautiful primrose petals. I would describe this as a narcissus, but it does not really matter whether it is listed as a narcissus or daffodil.

Other – similar – varieties, also late-flowering, are ‘Cheerfulness’, ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ and ‘Sir Winston Churchill’.