Turn, Turn, Turn

There’s something satisfying about riding the same trail everyday and suddenly noticing flowers blooming by the trailside that you haven’t seen in a year. These subtle rhythms of the seasons are likely to go unnoticed from behind the wheel of a car.

11 Responses to “Turn, Turn, Turn”

  • The Tiny Homestead says:

    This was my exact thought today as I noticed the tiny crocus flowers blooming for the first time. They are tiny bursts of spring.

  • John says:

    No flowers here yet (Denver) – but soon there will be. Can’t wait!

  • Lexica says:

    As well as the visual changes, there are olfactory ones as well. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been having moments while on the bike of “*sniff* *sniff* Ooh, the jasmine has started blooming!” (Or “mimosa” or “sweet alyssum” or whatever happens to be nearby.)

    Also, the birds have been chirping and twittering like mad. Riding under a tree whose branches are alive with finches fluttering from branch to branch singing to the sun is wonderful.

    I love spring. Love it even more on a bike. I’m in danger of getting bugs on my teeth from grinning so much while I ride.

  • Curmudgeon says:

    Now I’ve got that song in my head… thanks a lot.

  • AdamM says:

    Alan, that is just a beautiful picture, entirely summing up early spring. Nice one. It’s definitely still feeling like late summer here in Australia, but the temperatures are slowly dropping.

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  • Alan says:

    Thanks, Adam!


  • Dottie says:

    I’ve been desperately seeking any flowers, even the tiniest bud, but so far nothing. Knowing that flowers do exist outside my imagination somewhere in the country makes me feel better :)

  • Robert Frith says:

    Summer is drawing to a close here in the southern hemisphere, though you wouldn’t know it; we’ve had temperatures up to 40ºC (104ºF) here in Perth Western Australia this week.

    Pretty soon it should rain and wind speeds should drop along with leaves and temperatures. Never freezes here though so you can ride year round. yay

  • Richard says:

    Wonderful photograph – longing for spring here in the northeast. By the way, can anyone identify the specific handlebar on the Long Haul Trucker in this photo? From this angle, it does not look like Rivendell Albatross. I might like to get one just like it. Thank you.

  • Alan says:


    That’s a Nitto North Road handlebar in CroMo.


    PS – Glad you like the photo! :-)

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