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About iSpring

We all feel an elemental thrill each year as the first daffodils show up in our neighborhoods and gardens. We'll try to communicate that joy here. I live in the city without a garden to grow, but if I had a garden, it would be filled with daffodils. Home: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Daffodil Daydream in Manhattan, NYC

Daffodil Daydream, originally uploaded by I like green.

Location: Manhattan, New York City
Date: April 13, 2013
Copyright and comment: I like green

The photo was taken 4/13/13 at Bryant Park, midtown Manhattan in NY. I often walk through Bryant Park, a block- long oasis on bustling 42nd St. between 5th and 6th Ave, on my way to meet up with a friend in Grand Central terminal.

On this particular day the park was humming with spring-like activities; people sitting at tables enjoying a snack and the weather, lots of photographers and flowers blooming everywhere.

As I passed through, I spotted this quiet little scene of birds on the edge of the fountain in a grassy spot filled with daffodils. and shot it as if it existed unto itself, a perfectly contained moment of springtime bliss.

Duffy Daffs II in The Hague

Duffy Daffs II, originally uploaded by Hugo Baptista.

Location: The Hague, South Holland, the Netherlands
Date: May 2, 2013
Copyright and comment: Hugo Baptista

It has been two months since I last went out at night to paint with light. A “lighter’s block” I called it. Maybe it was fear of not ever feeling the same buzz as in the beginning or that I was failing in repetition. Silly fear, because there is never a buzz or a photo alike. I must never forget how therapeutic it is to light-paint in nature. This spring started cold and dry like the winter preceding it so it took awhile before the beautiful Daffs of Clingendael in The Hague blossomed. The park is covered in thousands of them mostly on the sides of water canals running through it.

Editor’s note: Here is a photo from the same spot in 2012:
– and here is the wikipedia entry on light painting:

Misty Spring Beauty in Delaware

Misty Spring Beauty, originally uploaded by Entropic Remnants.

Location: Centreville, Delaware
Date: April 11, 2013
Copyright and comment: John Griggs

The photo was taken about 6:30 AM on April 11th of this year.

This is a very tastefully landscaped field that is part of a much larger estate near Centrerville, Delaware, USA. Centreville is primarily known as being a home for many of the famous DuPont’s of gunpowder and chemical fame and related families. This scene is immediately adjacent to the road and no trespass was involved in obtaining this photo.

I like to take the 1/2 hour plus ride to my workplace on secondary roads as much as possible and I’ve been passing this scene in various seasons for about 15 years now virtually every workday. Somehow I never stopped to photograph it, and shame on me.

But on this morning, with the soft light of early morning and a light fog on the ground, it was transformed enough to catch my eye as I drove past.

Daffodils Along the Bike Path in Virginia

Daffodils along the bike path, originally uploaded by Biketripper.

Location: Virginia side of Potomac River
Date: April 6, 2013
Copyright and comment: Biketripper on flickr

The cyclist is on a bike trail that stretches from DC to Mt. Vernon, a trail I used almost on a daily basis to commute between my home in Alexandria and my office in Washington. The beds of daffodils are maintained by the Park Service, a tradition started in the 1960s by Lady Bird Johnson.

Star Trails and Daffodil Fields

Star Trails and Daffodil Fields, originally uploaded by mfakphoto.

Location: Skagit Valley, Washington State
Date: March 30, 2013
Copyright and comment: Mary Austin-Keller

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful part of the country and we have fantastic daffodil and tulip fields in the Skagit Valley of Washington State. The winter and spring weather, however is usually overcast and rainy. But Mother Nature surprised us one night with a completely clear evening and night! After photographing the gorgeous daffodils at sunset, I stayed to watch the stars come out to play and dance against the night sky. A rare treat for March in Washington.

New York City Beauties

daffodil, originally uploaded by LegallySarah.

Location: New York City
Date: April 7, 2013
Copyright and comment: LegallySarah

I was feeling a little blue last weekend and decided to go on a walk in NYC, where I live. I found myself in Madison Square Park, just as the sun hit the perfect angle to shower the whole area with light. The daffodils were everywhere and it was hard to pick a place to stop and try to take pictures! I loved that when I knelt down to take the picture, it felt like I was miles away in a field somewhere.