Signs of spring

Spring has been out in force in Seattle for a few weeks now. In honor of the season's spread to the rest of the country (or at least its beginnings), I raided my photographic archive to find images of springs past. From Washington, D.C. cherry blossoms, to new growth silhouetted at sunset in Michigan, to the flowering colors of Monet's garden in Giverny, France, here's a little peek into the past five years on springtime.

Quelques jours à Paris

This time last year, I spent a few days in Paris, my first visit to the beautiful city. I'd previously had marginal desire to visit the City of Lights, but upon entering the city I found myself quickly falling in love with its winding streets and romantic architecture. Wandering Paris, one is struck by the relative "newness" of so much of the architecture, since the medieval city was largely demolished under Emperor Napoleon III to make way for the more modern city plan of Georges-Eugène Haussmann. You can read more about Haussmann's Paris at the Art History Archive. Below are some photographs I took on my iPhone 5 while exploring Paris in January 2014.

Vernal Equinox

It is officially the first day of spring, although here in London it's been feeling like springtime for almost a month. In honor of the Vernal Equinox here are a few photos taken on an early spring-like day in Hyde Park. All photos taken on my Canon 60D and edited using Adobe Lightroom.

Remembrance Day

In Britain, today is called Remembrance Day. Wreaths of red poppies are placed at monuments to honor the men and women who have fought and fallen in war. Yesterday, on Remembrance Sunday, I went to the Cenotaph on Whitehall to honor the men and women I know who are veterans of or currently serve in the armed services. For me, today is also a day to remember those who chose a different path, the men who refused to take up arms against another human being. This morning at 11am I observed a moment of silence at the Conscientious Objectors Stone in Tavistock Square in honor of my grandfather, great uncle, and uncle who chose that second path. Today I also remember "the peaceful men."

(Photos taken on my iPhone 5 and edited in Snapseed and VSCO Cam.)