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Friday, April 29, 2016

At Its Very Best

Safe to say -- Michigan State University is at its very best in the spring. The colors pop, wafts of fragrance follow you around and it feels as though everything has put on its best dress to welcome in the warmth of spring. It was like spring prom for trees!


The magnolia trees outside the library are looking splendid.


The tree was huge and it was at its peak!


And so, too, were these lovely blossoms.


...and the red bud trees!


Of course you know I have a love affair with daffodills. Naturally I was thrilled to see this!

                   

Oh, yes I was! Look at those happy faces!


Graduation robes have arrived and on this particular day students were taking photos in their graduation finery. They were everywhere, but this spot -- by the stadium with its Sparty logo -- seemed to be a favorite.


And for those who felt a bit lazier, there was time to snuggle down by the riverside.


I loved the magnolias near Beaumont Tower.


While I was there I was fortunate to hear a selection from "The Nutcracker" on the carillon.


And of course, I couldn't stop taking photos!


Could you?


My walk ended at the MSU Museum. This greeted me at the back entrance.


And inside? Well, more on that one later! I live you with a bit more pink!

                   

Just because I can!


Happy Spring!

31 comments:

Joanne Huffman said...

After such a drab winter, it's lovely to see the blossoms. Few things are as beautiful as flowering trees. Great photos.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Wow, beautiful sights on campus! It looks like spring came extra colorful to MSU. :-)

I need orange said...

So glad the weather got cooler again -- I was afraid we'd only get one day of magnolias in their full glory. They like the cool better than 80. :-)

Thanks for sharing your walk around campus with us. So pretty................

Red Rose Alley said...

Your magnolia tree pictures are wonderful! They are really blooming in your area. Now, is that the Spartan emblem? That caught my eye, as I am part Greek. :) And look at those Pink azaleas, so pretty!

Have a relaxing weekend, and so glad we found each other in blog land.

~Sheri

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh my, Jeanie! I wouldn't be able to stop taking photos either. Just beautiful! It makes me feel happy just to see all the blooms.

Janet said...

At it's best, for sure!! Your photos are beyond gorgeous. I love the magnolia blossoms and all the pink at the end. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

Sandra Cox said...

Those flowers are just breathtaking. So beautiful and serene. Did you go to Michigan State, Jeanie?

Joyful said...

The blossoms are breathtaking.

Daniela said...

What a stunning Spring you're living, dearest Jeanie, I wonder the scents filling the air you breath ... I so love magnolias, and before or after we have to plant such a tree, I cannot live without these amazing, heartwarming flowers !

Hope you're enjoying your day, I'm wishing you much love for your weekend to come,
sending blessings to you across the many miles

Dany

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your spring is later than mine, but that's a good thing, because of the horrible weather we've had the past three days.

Your photos are superb, and I so appreciate you sharing them with us. Each held a special memory for me, as I remember how different I felt each time (and place) I graduated.

Thank you, too, for all the beautiful heart-felt comments you have left the past few days. They mean more than you will ever know!

My name is Erika. said...

Wow- these flowers are gorgeous! What a pretty time to graduate. You took some great photos but I think the graduates can have some fabulous backgrounds for their photos of the big day! Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Jeanie, You are really a fantastic photographer! And the flowers on the trees.. Breathtaking.. I love the twisted branches on the red bud tree.
Happy Spring to you.
I know you have been following along with Bebe for quite some time.
So happy you enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Thank you so much for your sweet comment.
blessings,
Penny

Katie Clooney said...

Hi Jeanie... My best friend's daughter went to law school there. What a gorgeous campus!!! Your photos are breathtaking. Have a great weekend!

shoreacres said...

Our Southern magnolias are so different from these. They're beautiful, too, but they don't often (read: never) appear in such profusion. They're big as dinner plates sometimes, but there's a lot to be said for such delicious pinkness.

Our redbuds and azaleas are long gone, but I just saw my first azaleas this week. The trees are evergreen, which helps to keep us cheerful through the drabber winter months.

Marcia said...

Simply stunning.
Happy pinks.

The French Hutch said...

Jeanie, Such a beautiful spring on campus. I wouldn't be able to stop making photos either with all the beauty there. Some of my favorites, redbuds and my favorite flower ever, daffodils. I just stop and swoon at these in this beautiful setting. Thanks for the tour of all the spring blooms…………
Have a great Saturday.

Peggy Jones said...

Wow did I love that post. I work at the Visitor's Center at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in Bardstown,Ky. and it is a so alive and blooming and reminds me of this. Great job. Thanks for sharing these great photos.

Victoria Zigler said...

"It was like spring prom for trees!"

Love that!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You and me both Jeanie are loving on the magnolias and the REDBUDS!! I went out this morning about 4:30am to drive to where I work by the lakes. I got there just in time to watch the sunrise and on my way back (still very early), I was able to shoot some gorgeous crabapples in pink. LOVE YOUR PHOTOS! (especially that first one with the lantern!)

bj said...

thanks for the beautiful photos of SPRING...xoxo

Nonnie said...

What a beautiful day of gorgeousness! Would absolutely love to be there in the Spring.

Sandra Cox said...

That rhododendron is absolutely gorgeous.
FYI: The last info I could find on Bart he was healthy and happy.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hello, my friend! Long time no see!

This is just absolutely stunning. I think the magnolias are my favorite. They fairly take your breath away!

Hope you have been well. We are still renovating, and I am still MIA from blogging for a bit longer. I hope to rejoin you all soon.

Have a blessed day...

xo

Sheila :-)

Lynne said...

Lucky you . . .
Beautiful trees and blooms!
I am so ready for warmer . . .

JillO said...

I love the gardens at MSU. My favorites are the 4H Children's Garden and the perennial garden nearby.

JillO said...

I love the gardens at MSU. My favorites are the 4H Children's Garden and the perennial garden nearby.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh my gosh, those trees are so beautiful! I have been trying to make a point to appreciate the beauty of the flowering trees as I've been driving around Minneapolis. I love spring - I just wish the flowering trees lasted longer! But the brief season reminds us to enjoy them while we can!

Quiltmoose - Dagmar said...

Beautiful photos! The magnolia blossoms over here have already withered, the daffodils gone. Nevertheless it is still quite cold for this time of the year. Hopefully it will get warmer soon.

Stacey said...

How pretty! We are well past this stage of spring but I do love it. The saucer magnolias are some of my favorites.

Arti said...

This is the reason why I'd include the collegiate destinations while visiting the U.S. They are points of interest on their own, scenery, character buildings, and here you've captured the spring blooms in all their glory. Sure love to visit some day. :)

~*~Patty S said...

Cloches and Quilts and gorgeous Spring oh my!
I had a lot of catching up to do and what a delight it was Jeanie.
oxo

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