Could This Be Spring?

With rain forecast the rest of the week, I wasn’t about to sit inside on a sunny day reading Jeffers on nature when I could experience it myself. As it turned out, I didn’t see much at Nisqually I hadn’t already seen Sunday at Belfair but had a glorious time, none the less.

Here’s what a Gold-Crowned Sparrow looks in full breeding colors. Notice the dark black stripes on the head, missing in yesterday’s shot:

I also saw a lot more of this plant budding than I did the day before, and today I was actually carry a regular lens in addition to my 400mm birding lens. I may not know what the plant is, but it certainly seemed to Spring forth in celebration of the growing light.

I even saw my first butterfly of the season, and nothing says summer quite as loudly as the beating wings of a butterfly.

Of course, I may be deluding myself —as I often do— because despite the warm temperatures and blue skies shouting Spring, most of the foliage seemed unwilling to awaken from its winter slumber.

6 thoughts on “Could This Be Spring?

  1. Great shot of the mountain from the Delta. I like the distance, reminds us in the NW we can often establish our place in relation to this mt.

  2. Thanks so much for the signs of spring photos! So good to see a butterfly. Today I was in a meeting, looked out the window, and noticed white flowers covering a tree that was bare last week. Even the rain feels like spring rain.

  3. I love your photos! My favorite is the plant with the dangling flowers. Until I saw the flowers, I thought, that’s magnolia. But of course it isn’t, is it? Is photography how you make a living or is it a hobby? What is the delicate blue flower down the left side of the page?

  4. Photography is just a hobby, though I taught yearbook and photography for several years in a high school.

    The blue flowers in one of the backgrounds, there are actually two or three different backgrounds, are a closeup of a hydrangea.

    I’m really not sure what that dangling flower is, though it’s a native plant and one of the first to leaf out and bloom around here. I was hoping a local reader might actually identify it for me.

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