Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

Hello Human Being.

This week’s theme is: Spring
(Hosted by The Daily Post)

For this week’s challenge, share a photo that shows what Spring means to you. It can be a flower in bloom (or a field of them!), a May Day celebration, or your dog luxuriating in the grass after a long winter indoors. Maybe it’s a shot you took on a spring break trip, or your family wearing Easter finery.

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Local farmers market in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, Indiana.
(This image was shot on my cell phone while on a bike ride last weekend)

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as Spring itself.”
― 
Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast

One of the greatest joys for me is when springtime arrives and I get to spend time with my love. Spring means hiking and biking with him. It means getting our hands dirty pulling weeds, planting bulbs and vegetable seeds. It means hunting for morel mushrooms and walking the river trails. It means long nights in the backyard playing frisbee or football with our four dogs, grilling food, and enjoying a cold drink. In short, Spring is a time where we really enjoy the simple things in life.

We also enjoy frequenting this local farmers market, as well as other locally owned stores in the area. Broad Ripple is a particularly great place to “shop local”. This farmers market is family owned, sells locally sourced produce, and the atmosphere is just divine. They really want you to sit and stay awhile, with a reading room, bonfire, and lots of outdoor seating (as you can see). They often walk around with samples of their homemade pies. Everyone is friendly and helpful and there is always something on the smoker grill at the back of the building.

My favorite thing about this place is their hospitality. The first time we visited we biked over on a particularly hot day, and the owner, seeing us lounging under a nearby tree after procuring some vegetable goodness, offered us free lemon shake-ups. It’s that kind of thoughtfulness that will keep us coming back. It really made our day.

Here are some more photos from our day out, last weekend. It was such a fine, fine day and we were very much living the Hemingway quote above; We made no engagements and only spent time with people as good as Spring itself .

The Monon Trail, 2014

A rail trail that cuts through Indianapolis and provides a nice place for pedestrians to walk, run, bike, and skateboard… well, unless you get caught. We often sit on this little hill and watch the people go by, before biking back home.

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The Monon Trail at 54th, 2014
This is “our table”. We love this little spot, under a nice shade tree. In the background you can also see Mama Corrolla’s, a local Italian eatery, that always smells amazing.

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More Views of the Farmers Market

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Bonfires on a sunny May day. Why not?

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(All images in this post are copyright of the author and should not be reproduced or altered in any way. Thank you.)

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