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Today, I would like to share some photographs I captured of Spring this year in Philadelphia and a few surrounding areas.

I am surprised by how much spring color we have already, considering that the weather has been bipolar (one day warm and springlike, the next day cold and winterlike). Whenever I walk the city streets, I see a combination of shorts, tank tops, and flip flops, mixed with coats, scarves, gloves, wool caps, and boots. One day last week, when it was in the 30s, I saw a guy on the street wearing a T-shirt and shorts -YIKES! As you all know, I love the cold. However, I dress for it. People here seem to dress for summer in winter, and dress for winter in summer. I've actually seen people wearing hoodies (with the hood up) on a sweltering 99-degree August day. I am always tempted to walk up to them and ask, "Excuse me, do you have blood or ice water running through your veins?!?"

Oh well, to each their own. 

So, without further ado, please enjoy Hello Spring! 








This next photo is for my dear friend, Bijoux...




Last week, I took the train out to Media, PA. Nicknamed: "Everybody's Hometown." 


You can see a tree starting to bloom next to this adorable church...


I also took the train to Swarthmore. A scrumptious little town 30 mins. outside Philadelphia...






🌸🌷🌹I hope you're enjoying a colorful Spring wherever you are!🌼🌺🌼

Have a great week, everyone!

         


28 comments:

  1. Ron your photographs are just gorgeous! We are starting to see color where I live, but not as much as you have. And I'm surprised, being that you live in a city. My two favorite seasons are fall and spring because of the glorious color they bring!

    The fourth photo down (white blossom tree next to that pink highlighted building) is so beautiful! I also love those bright purple flowers in the 11th photo. Wow!

    Thank you for sharing Hello Spring, Ron! Made me smile! xo

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  2. Oh Ron, this is one of the major things I miss about no longer living in the Northeast - SPRING and FALL. And I also miss WINTER. All we get here in Florida is SUMMER, and that can get old after a while. I know that you understand this because you lived here as well.

    Media and Swarthmore look like such beautiful areas. That home is stunning!

    "I am always tempted to walk up to them and ask, "Excuse me, do you have blood or ice water running through your veins?!?" --- ROFLMAO! I don't understand that because I've witnessed the same thing here in Florida. So many people get cold the second the temperature drops to 65. They act like it's sub-zero!

    Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of SPRING, Ron, even though I'm SO envious! Lol!

    That church IS adorable! xoxo

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  3. Thank you, Candice!

    "And I'm surprised, being that you live in a city. My two favorite seasons are fall and spring because of the glorious color they bring!"

    I know, isn't that odd? And what's really weird is that I've noticed when I take the train out of the city, traveling only 20-30 mins., the temperature (and weather) are so completely different than what it's like in the city. I went out to Ardmore for work last Saturday and I couldn't believe how different the temperature was there, compared to Center City.

    Aren't the colors of Fall and Spring A-MAZING? I wish those two seasons lasted longer!

    I captured those bright purple flowers when I was in Swarthmore today. Aren't they lovely?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! And Helloooo Spring!

    X

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  4. Hola Denise!

    " I know that you understand this because you lived here as well"

    Yes, yes, yes....I completely understand, trust me. And that's WHY I left Florida. The weather is just too much the same thing. I love being back in the Northeast with the change of seasons. I didn't realize how much I missed them until I moved back.

    I had never been to Media and only been to Swarthmore once, many, many years ago. And I forgot how freaking cute and gorgeous it was. I love getting out of the city each week. And since I have a FREE travel pass (being that I'm a Senior now), I use it A LOT. Having that pass saves me a lot of money.

    "I've witnessed the same thing here in Florida. So many people get cold the second the temperature drops to 65. They act like it's sub-zero!"


    HA! I had a friend in Orlando who was a native-Floridian, who refused to dress for winter. She would wear a sports bra and spandex pants in the middle of winter and then complain because she was COLD. And yes, cold to her was 65-70 degrees! And I would say to her, "Well then...put some clothes on, girl!"

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Denise! Have a faaaaaaaabulous rest of your week!

    X

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  5. Ron, that picture of the neon Media marquee is fantastic! I love neon. That who building is phenomenal. Wow...1927! They don't make them like that anymore. Can you imagine the history within that building? The architecture is incredible.

    Your spring captures are excellent! How do you get them so crystal sharp?

    We're getting more and more springlike color here. But like you said, the weather has been bipolar. The poor little flowers are confused. Lol!

    I knew I had heard of Swarthmore in the past, but didn't remember why. That is until I saw your clock photograph saying, Home of Swarthmore College, and remembered that someone I graduated HS with, applied there. Isn't a Liberal Arts school, right? And it's Quaker I think. I don't know if he ever got accepted, but he wanted to get in there really bad. That house in the fourth photograph from the bottom is beautiful.

    Beautiful post, Ron!

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  6. Helloooooo there, Daniel!

    Meeeeeeeeeeeee too! I adore NEON! And isn't that theater (and marquee) faaaaaaaaaaaaabulous? I too love looking at different architectural styles. The fascinate the hell out of me.

    Interesting background history on that theatre: it used to be a vaudeville house and cinema. It seats 440 people. It's English Renaissance style. The theatre currently offers classes, camps and productions for children and teens.

    Thank you! I used both my Canon camera and cell phone when taking photographs. And I sometimes tweak (edit) them a bit (crop, sharpen, and sometimes bump up the color).

    Yes, you are SPOT on about Swarthmore College! It is a Liberal Arts school, and Quaker. I once knew a guy here in Philly who was a high school teacher at a Quaker school in Philly. He's the one who told me all about Swarthmore. The next time I go out to Swarthmore, I'm going to take photographs of the college campus because it's stunning. So, stay tuned!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Daniel! Have a great rest of your week!

    X

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  7. These photographs are so beautiful, Ron! So professional looking! And damn...I want to LIVE in that house (10 picture down from the top)! And that church is so charming. In the 6th photo from the top, is that City Hall to the right? I've been to Philadelphia a few times and I walked around there. It's such a beautiful building.

    We are just now starting to get color on our trees and flowers. I was walking through a park one day last week and noticed the tulips blooming. They were bright red! But your spring is much more colorful than ours.

    Is that a restaurant in the 4th photo from the top? Those white blossoms on the tree look so beautiful against the dark gray and salmon colors.

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  8. Ron, thank you for sharing the background history of that theater. SO interesting! I love that the city of Media respects the theaters' history and keeps its legacy going in present time.

    And thank you also for responding to my questions on Swarthmore College. How cool that you met someone who was a teacher who taught at a Quaker school. I look forward to your photographs of the campus!

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  9. Daniel, you are so welcome! I, like you, am fascinated by history, therefore it was my pleasure to share it with you.

    What I so love and admire about Media is that they continue to live in the present, but have such respect for its past.

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  10. Wow! You found so much color already! That’s awesome that you found tulips, Ron! Thanks for including them in your post❤️ And those pansies with the purple and yellow faces are just gorgeous. Love them! We have daffodils and hyacinths blooming right now. It seems about two weeks early. I haven’t seen any crabapples blooming like all your trees, though. The white one against that very cool black and red building is amazing! What a great capture you did there!

    Don’t you love that clock? I noticed it’s for the college. My university put one of those up about 20 years ago. They are downright charming. Know what else I love? Your intro picture of the single bud vases. I’m trying to decorate more and more with those. I think I’m super classy with them🀣🀣🀣

    Keep enjoying Spring, Ron! XO

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  11. Good morning, Abby!

    Thank you. X I know, isn't that house fabulous? I took that photograph as I was walking through a neighborhood in Swarthmore. Every house was more beautiful than the next. And what I loved about them is that they were older homes with a lot of history.

    "In the 6th photo from the top, is that City Hall to the right? I've been to Philadelphia a few times and I walked around there. It's such a beautiful building."

    Yes, good eye you have, that is City Hall!! I don't live far from there. I love walking through the center court area. As you said, the building is so beautiful!

    And yes, that is/was a restaurant (Rose Tattoo Cafe) in that photograph. Unfortunately, it shut down in 2019 because it changed owners. However, for some unknown reason, it never reopened.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a grrrrrrreat week!

    X

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  12. I know, can you believe how much color we have already? And it started over a week ago. I remember walking to the park one very chilly day, and noticing all the crabapples blooming!

    "And those pansies with the purple and yellow faces are just gorgeous. Love them!"

    Meeeeeeeeeeee too! Whenever I look at them, I immediately smile!

    It's ironic because after reading your tulip post yesterday, I suddenly remembered that I had taken that photograph of the yellow tulips last week in Fairmount Park, so I included it in this post!

    And yes, I LOVE that clock! It was the very first photo I took when I got off the train in Swarthmore yesterday. Years ago, when I went out to Villanova, I noticed that they had one of those clocks on their campus as well. Charming indeed!

    The single bud vases picture I created on a free website I use (Canva) to edit and create things for my blog posts. Check it out, you can do so many things there - Canva.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Have a fabulous week!

    X

    P.S. We are currently getting the rain you got yesterday.

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  13. Ron, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed looking at your stunning photographs this morning after opening my emails and seeing your post link. They brought me so much Spring joy! I enjoy all the season, but Spring and Autumn are my favorites because they are right in middle, temperature-wise -- not too cold, not too hot. And they are also the most colorful.

    I agree, the color came early this year. Which is shocking to me, being that we had a very erratic (and cold) winter. But I'm not complaining because all that color makes me so happy!

    My favorite colors are pink and purple, so I REALLY love the captures you shared. Do you know what I love about pansies? They look like they're smiling!

    That church (and that home) are so charming.

    Thanks so much for sharing SPRING, Ron! xxxxx

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  14. Morning, Clair!

    Happy to hear that you enjoyed because I enjoyed putting this post together. Yes, aren't spring and autumn the most colorful? What I love about all the seasons (with the exception of summer Lol!), is that they each bring a wonderful shift in what we wear, eat, drink, holidays, and also a shift in consciousness.

    We did have a cold winter this year. But I'm okay with that because for the past several years, we barely got any snow. However, this year made up for it. I'm weird, I know, but I love winter weather. It makes me feel all cozy, but at the same time, energized and alive!

    " Do you know what I love about pansies? They look like they're smiling!"

    They sure do!!!

    What I really love about the Media and Swarthmore areas is that all the homes and buildings have such a wonderful historical feel to them.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Clair! Enjoy the rest of Spring!!!!!

    X

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  15. Ron, I always enjoy when you share different places you've visit in and around Philly because it gives hubby and I something new to see. I've heard of Media and Swarthmore, but never visited. Did you take the RR Train? We have our Senior passes and intend on using them to get out there. If you don't mind me asking, what line did you take?

    GLORIOUS photos! I'm also surprise by the early spring color we're getting right now. I laughed at your comment about seeing people on the streets dressed in completely different attire, not knowing whether it's summer or winter!

    And WOW...that house photo in Swarthmore is beyond gorgeous! And so are those purple flowers.

    You've got me all excited for spring, Ron! Thanks for sharing! xo

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  16. Hello there, Elain!

    I'm so glad you enjoy these posts because I so enjoy sharing them. Lately, I've been very curious about taking the train to areas I've never been. I visited Swarthmore many, many year ago. A woman that I worked with at the time, drove me out there in Autumn to experience the Fall Fair. It was fabulous! But I didn't get to see any other parts of Swarthmore. I plan on going back before summer gets here, and photographing Swarthmore College campus.

    Yes, I too the RR Train (Media/WAWA Line), which stops at both Swarthmore and Media. It's about a 35 min. ride. I love traveling by train. So relaxing!

    Isn't that house stunning? There were SO many stunning houses in that area. I stopped by a cute cafe and ordered an Americano. For lunch, I stopped in a Co-op market and had a delicious Caesar salad. Everyone I talked to there was so friendly. Not at all like the people in Philly. LOL!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fabulous rest of your week!

    X

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  17. Thanks for the info, Ron! That's easy enough. Hubby and I look forward to visiting both places! xo

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  18. You are so welcome, Elaine! πŸ™ Hope you both enjoy! ❤️

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  19. Ron, as I've said to you many times over the years, you are so great with the camera! Your photographs are always so pristine!

    Love the colors you captured with these! As several others mentioned in their comments, that fourth photo from the top of the white blossoms against the black and pink building is amazing. The white POPS! I really like the theater photo, with the movie poster. Very cool image!

    We are getting more and more color with each passing week. I'm hoping in April that we get much more. Can you believe it's almost April?!? The months are flying!

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  20. Hello there Robert, and much thanks for your encouraging words! I need to get back to using my camera more because I've gotten lazy over the years and simply use my cellphone. However, I took the majority of these with my Canon.

    Isn't that black/pink building fantastic? It used to be a restaurant (Rose Tattoo Cafe), but it closed downed because it was re-owned by someone new. However, it never reopened. I'm glad they still keep it there as a part of history in that area of the city.

    " Can you believe it's almost April?!? The months are flying!"


    You are so right about that! It feels like we just had Christmas yet, Memorial Day is moving in fast!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope your week is going great!

    X

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  21. Pansies!!! How I love them! Not too many people here plant them (more's the pity), but they're very popular in Gulfport. I remember staring at some pansies years ago there when I was walking Dallas, and that's when I stubbed my toe on an uneven sidewalk, fell flat down, and cracked two ribs. Unpleasant memory, but I don't blame the flowers!


    That's a lovely little church, and I also like that house with the round tower. Wouldn't you have enjoyed living in a place like that as a kid? Just think of all the places you could hide during Hide-and-Seek!


    We've got similar weather here. Many times, I'm bundled in hat, coat, and mittens to walk Monk, yet I see people in shorts and T-shirts. The weather is 40 degrees, people -- with a stiff north wind!!



    Happy Easter to you, my friend. Hope your basket is filled with goodies! xx

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  22. Same here, Ron. BIPOLAR! I live in the Midwest and we had snow not too long ago. But days before that, it felt like spring was just around the corner. I haven't yet put away my fall/winter clothes because I fear a sudden cold snap again. I don't mind the cold, but I just wish it would make up its mind. Lol!

    As always, your photos ROCK! The color and bright you captured is gorgeous! That house below the picture of the clock (in Swarthmore) is AWESOME. So is that church in Media. I think it's so great that you have a way to get out of the city. I used to live in Minneapolis and really enjoyed it. But there were times I felt the need to remove myself and experience a change of scenery. I've become less of a city person and more of a suburban person.

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  23. Hiya Matt!

    " I haven't yet put away my fall/winter clothes because I fear a sudden cold snap again. I don't mind the cold, but I just wish it would make up its mind."

    HA! Me too! The other day I had to go somewhere and dressed warm because it was cold when I left my apartment. However, by noon, it got very warm and found myself removing my layers!

    Thank you! :) I had a blast the days I went out to Media and Swarthmore. I plan on going back within the next few weeks to take pictures of Swarthmore College campus.

    " But there were times I felt the need to remove myself and experience a change of scenery. I've become less of a city person and more of a suburban person."

    That's EXACTLY where I'm at right now. I'm really getting so tired of city life, spending my days off OUTSIDE the city, just for a change of scenery. I'm hoping throughout the summer, I find a place to live outside the city. My lease is up in October and I REALLY want to be gone by then. That's why I'm investigating various areas.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Matt! Have a faaaaaaaaabulous week and weekend!

    X

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  24. Helloooooooooo there, Debbie!

    "Pansies!!! How I love them!"

    I know, meeeeeeee too! They are such happy-looking flower!

    " I remember staring at some pansies years ago there when I was walking Dallas, and that's when I stubbed my toe on an uneven sidewalk, fell flat down, and cracked two ribs. Unpleasant memory, but I don't blame the flowers!"

    OUCH! That's must have hurt like hell. I did that two years ago when I tripped over the root of a tree in one of the parks here and fell flat on my face. I didn't crack ribs, but my cell phone hit the ground and was smashed to pieces. I did, however, sprain my right hand and arm.

    "That's a lovely little church, and I also like that house with the round tower. Wouldn't you have enjoyed living in a place like that as a kid? Just think of all the places you could hide during Hide-and-Seek!"


    OMG, I loved that. And yes...that would be a great place to play Hide-and-Seek, you're right. I had such a wonderful time spending the day in Swarthmore. One house was more beautiful than the next. And the downtown area is so cute!

    Yes, judging from people's comments, the weather seems to be that way in many places. We are currently experiencing a lot of rain and coolish temps.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. And HAPPY EASTER to you too! I totally forgot Easter was this weekend until a friend of mine mentioned it. She and I will be getting together on Sunday.

    X

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  25. You have so much spring color! You must've had a lot of warm days! I am so happy to see this. It made my week. Purple flowers are my favorite. I love almost all blooms, but purple is my fave. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. πŸ˜˜πŸ’•

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  26. Hey there, Kari!

    Yes, we did. It would go from winter to summer throughout several weeks, and then suddenly I started seeing our trees and flowers blossoming.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Have a faaaaabulous weekend and Easter!

    X

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  27. Ron, lovely to see all these blooms in and around the Philly area. Unfortunately, we are not yet as fortunate here in Nashua, NH. In fact, the weather forecast this coming week is calling for a rain/snow 🌨️❄️mixture for 2 days 😟 We may skip spring altogether at this rate!

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  28. Greetings D!

    "In fact, the weather forecast this coming week is calling for a rain/snow 🌨️❄️mixture for 2 days 😟 We may skip spring altogether at this rate!"

    OMG....SNOW?!?! Hasn't the weather been beyond bizarre. And from talking with others, it's been this way all over; even in Europe.

    Spring is becoming the shortest season of them all. It lasts about two days, and then it goes directly in to SUMMER. Which, as you know, is my least favorite season.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Please feel free to send some of that snow to Philly, I'd love it! LOL!

    Have a superb week!

    X

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