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Spring Has Sprung

 

"March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."

 

It's my turn again at Vision and Verb

where I write about the lion and the lamb.

Enkhuizen, Netherlands

Spring Has Sprung

 

"March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."

 

It's my turn again at Vision and Verb

where I write about the lion and the lamb.

Enkhuizen, Netherlands

comments (47)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Mar 2011, 01:08
Certainly looks like Spring is with you, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It is indeed, Ray, even if hovering around 40 F in the shade! Buds and flowers are popping out everywhere.
I'm so tired of all things lion-ish. Roaring dictators, roaring water, roaring rhetoric. I haven't a thing against real lions, but metaphorically speaking, I hope spring comes in like these lambs and goes out like these lambs.

It's a beautiful image.
Ginnie Hart: I know exactly what you mean, Linda. It's now time for the lion to lie down with the lamb and acquiesce! Let him cry 'Uncle.'

Thank you kindly.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 21 Mar 2011, 03:29
very nicely composed, love the whites in the overall greens
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Krunal.
Hi GInnie... Oh, this is so cute... I want to follow them on their walk. Great photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jacquelyn, for stopping by and commenting here.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 21 Mar 2011, 04:41
cute butts on the sheeps. great framing, great colors, spring is here!
Ginnie Hart: I'm such a glutton for sheep, Liang. grin Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Mar 2011, 04:52
'Maart roert zijn staart'.
I never heard the expression about the lion and the lamb.
I googled about docking sheep, in Holland since Mai 1, 2007 it is not allowed anymore.
It appears that with proper food and vaccination the flies do no harm.
Love the picture, the moment we rounded the corner, these two started walking away from us.
Last Saturday we saw many lambs in the meadow.
Ginnie Hart: It's hard to believe this has sat in my unassigned bin since last year...waiting, I guess, for this very day. It seemed pefect for the quote I've used at V&V. I'm glad you explained all about the tail docking. Makes sense to me.

I love our photo hunts! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 21 Mar 2011, 05:49
joli duo !
Ginnie Hart: Mother and child, of course. Gotta stay together for awhile longer. smile Merci, Rem.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 21 Mar 2011, 06:00
Sweet capture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kala.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Mar 2011, 06:14
Let us hope you are right Ginnie: yesterday was the first day this year I have been able to take my jumper off outside and not feel cold!
Ginnie Hart: Yesterday Astrid and I were photo-hunting in Haarlem, Chris. While in the shade, I needed my gloves and scarf. Once in the sun, I got downright warm and had to take them off...but still with my winter coat on. It's that make-up-my-mind time of year again. smile
It's a great metaphor Ginnie! It freezes morning and lamb arrived in the afternoon! A very touching image! I hope they will go away!
Ginnie Hart: It's time for the lion to go away, Mathilde. The lamb has come on the scene and that's good! Merci.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 21 Mar 2011, 06:55
this pic could so go on a hallmark card! Nice work.
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, Kanyi. Thank you.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 21 Mar 2011, 07:04
what a beautiful shot!!! mama and bebe lambykins!!! i think i woulda used a little clone stamp on that mama butt tho hahahahaha...
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Elaine, there's a long story with the mama butt...an entire controversy over docking the lamb's tail. This is a case in how the regulations have changed...in that the lambs can no longer have their tails docked (cut off).
http://www.sheep101.info/201/dockcastrate.html
That's actually why I didn't clone the image. But I wanted to. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 21 Mar 2011, 07:50
Really nice composition Ginnie. Spring has come... finally!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Frida. For you, too, I see! smile Thanks.
Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Out paddocks are crowded wit lambs too, so cute, so cute, some with the umbilical cord still dangling and so wobbly on their feet, I love spring!!
Ginnie Hart: It's definitely that time of the year, Marion. Little lambs are everywhere in the fields right now! smile I love it.
Spring has sprung
the grass is riz
I wonder where the boidies iz?

The boids are on the wing
that's absoid
the wing is on the boid!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill. I was just reading that the other day. grin Gotta love it.
That certainly is a sign of spring - little lambs.
Ginnie Hart: Don't you love them, Mary! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Mar 2011, 09:02
Sooooo Dutch smile

Your vision of the departing lion is an interesting one, but not multi-faceted. The lion is not slinking away, but stalking us in the south. Lots of signs about. It shakes the trees; hence the leaves on the lawn. It rips the clouds; which shake out the late summer rains. So we are out there harvesting wool from the grown lambs to keep warm in winter.

Your spring has sprung and my fall fell.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Louis, sooooo Dutch. smile I never tire of the sheep everywhere!

I guess you are right about the lion and the lamb...who sometimes switch places, depending on where they are in the world. Our lion, it appears, is well on its way to you! Please don't send him back to us any time soon. smile
whatever your mom .... Mom is always Mon
Ginnie Hart: HA! Exactly, Fabrizio. Gotta always love your mom. grin
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 21 Mar 2011, 09:52
Love the white of the sheep on the green grass
Ginnie Hart: I know, Vintage. They're very hard to miss. smile Thanks.
The young did not thread its coat still, kiss my ginnie
Ginnie Hart: The lamb is still learning how to walk, Pierrot. grin Merci.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 21 Mar 2011, 10:09
I will hop over in a seconds
Ginnie Hart: Hartstille bedankt, Chantal.
Yes spring has sprung, a nice weekend here also.
Ginnie Hart: I love when we all can 'identify,' John. smile
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 21 Mar 2011, 10:39
Yay for spring! There's a 'spring' in my step!
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Etomi. In mine, too. smile
I just love this Ginnie it is so cute the mother and her lamb....simply beautiful. A lovely image and well captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Laurette. I never tire of seeing them everywhere!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Mar 2011, 10:59
moeder en kindje- ach, wat voor een schattige scene (not only Dutch)! - ja, het is nu eindelijk lente - en omdat het buiten nou ook warmer is, heeft het lammetje het niet meer koud.
I didn't know this saying but I like the farmer lores. Funny the contrast between lamb's pristine white coat and sheepmother's dirty behind!
(Later I'll read your V&V-tribute)
Ginnie Hart: i love these pastoral scenes, Philine, as you know. Sheep will always be in my preacher's-kid psyche, I guess. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 21 Mar 2011, 11:09
Nicely presented Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Mar 2011, 12:58
I liked very much reading your very thoughtful and finely balanced writing on V&V - springtime, the storms around our world, reality, vision, hope, belief... so many points you did connect in one text. The saying is fitting our present wonderful weather. Considering the 'weathers' around the world (Japan and Libya) I cannot forget my scepticism - but I'll never loose my hope...
Yesterday I read a very impressive article by the Dutch- American author Ian Buruma about the admirable mentality and behaviours of the Japanese people in our newspaper "Schönheit ist nur das Gesicht des Schreckens/ Beauty is only the face of the horror" - they are able to combine the cherry blossoms in springtime with terrible events they in former times and now experience, the gentle and beautiful with the wild and destructive, the lion with the lamb ...- I think we can learn much from them...
Ginnie Hart: I would love it, Philine, if you would copy and paste this into a comment for V&V. I believe the others would enjoy reading what you have written here!
A true symbol of Spring, Ginnie. Love how they are walking that narrow path in the grass side by side.

Another one of your thought-provoking posts at V&V today; evoking a yin & yang perspective for me.
Ginnie Hart: That narrow path...,I have wondered if it is a path made by the sheep, Beverly. It tickles me as much as the sheep.

I don't know if you are so inclined but as I told Philine, I would love for you to copy and paste what you have said here about the yin & yang into a V&V comment. No one has yet said that and I believe it's most appropraite! The others would appreciate reading your thoughts.
A sweet spring picture Ginnie with the lamb sticking close to mum.
Ginnie Hart: Don't you jusy love it, Janet! Thank you.
  • Mark
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Mar 2011, 15:04
We are getting some nice weather now. Lets hope it's not spoilt by snow at Easter - on the other hand daffodils and snow go well ....
Ginnie Hart: HA! I have seen snow in Michigan on Easter in April, Mark! Of course, that was in my youth...but the weather does appear to be regressing of late, right?! smile
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 21 Mar 2011, 15:26
Excellent image, Ginnie! My wife Karen adores this image.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. That warms my heart, Rob. Thanks for letting me know. smile
  • didier
  • france
  • 21 Mar 2011, 15:32
très très douce image !! j'aime beaucoup le cadrage !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Didier. Merci.
A fine shot Ginnie, we hope to take our granddaughter to see the lambs this year, she is nearly four. I do like your V.& V., I suspect your upbringing is in there somewhere, but of course it is so true.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Brian, about my upbringing being in there somewhere at my V&V post. One day maybe you will comment there? The other women love when they see that men are visiting. grin
The path of life, a short but hopefully happy journey for this pair. A lovely composition Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's so sweet, isn't it, Martin. smile Thank you kindly.
  • jess
  • Germany
  • 21 Mar 2011, 17:57
Oh my goodness, I immediately fell in love with that puffy sheep's butt (is that strange?). So dreamily pastoral...
Ginnie Hart: No, it's not strange, Jess. I think we all have this strange attraction to especially the babies! grin
A charming 'lentebode'. The grass is lush already!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Wim, this was taken in May last year but we've been seeing lambs everywhere...and yes, it may even be this lush soon. Bedankt.
I hope the lion is not going to catch the lamb. Although the lion might go for the big fat mummy. Enjoy Spring !!!!
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. I like the way you think, Elsabe. smile Thanks.
I have lambs bounding about in the fields near me, spring really has sprung. Lovely image Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: It's about time, Linda. I think we've all needed to see the change! So glad things are looking up on your end of things. Thank you.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 21 Mar 2011, 22:35
Lovely shot! Super!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Gracias.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Mar 2011, 22:39
A delightful photo smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherie. You're a sweetheart.
Ah... This is a sequel, isn't it?

It was "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" in you previous post, G.

Today is "Maria" had a little lamb.

Mary is probably Maria in Dutch. wink
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You tickle me to no end, LC. I love the way your mind works. grin Thanks for the smile.
And we had a day of snow today. Sheesh.

That is such a sweet mother/child shot.
Ginnie Hart: You need to kick that lion in the 'tt,' Michael. (When my kids were little and I gave them their baths, I always spelled out when it was time to wash their b-u-t-t. My daughter started calling it her 'tt' and it has stuck ever since!) smile
So cute ! A great composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Olivier. Merci. smile
What a lovely, serene image; the photo-gods must be smiling on you! smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, let's just say I was a happy camper, Larry. grin Thanks.
When I think that some are going to eat them, pfff...
Ginnie Hart: I know...but I guess that's why they grow them? sad
  • crash
  • United States
  • 24 Mar 2011, 11:57
its the opposite here! in like a lamb, out like a lion! had snow for 2 days! and last week i was walking outside without a jacket
Ginnie Hart: Someone else told me the same, Dennis...that it was snowing. But...March is not over yet. There's still hope. smile Thanks.
  • rian
  • Vestavia Hills, AL
  • 26 Mar 2011, 16:50
spring has sprung.. i like how that rolls out of my mouth.. grin nice catch of these two also.. smile
Ginnie Hart: All the things we have learned to say over the years. smile Thanks, Rian.

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