Bad Honnef's Blaue Band of Crocuses

Every year around the first week of March, I visit the Blaue Band am Rhein, a 2.5 kilometer "blue ribbon" of blossoming crocuses along the Rhine Park in Düsseldorf. It's one of my favorite things to photograph and is the first big sign of spring. Since Düsseldorf is no longer around the corner from where I now live, I looked forward to taking some annual photographs after an appointment in the city last week. But I ended up disappointed with the results - the hurricane that hit Düsseldorf last June left many of its trees with limbs and branches lopped off, leaving an unsightly element to the pictures.

When I didn't get the photos I was hoping for, I worked on a drawing inspired by the variations of crocuses I had seen in previous years at the Blaue Band.

Then I remembered having passed by a field of sprouting crocuses in Bad Honnef, only ten minutes away, and was delighted to have the chance to capture this new blue ribbon. The flowers all grew densely together and had the most intense shade of purple. Seeing it was the perfect beginning to my favorite of all seasons. Happy springtime!