Flowering on a Windy Day

Despite forecasts of rain, yesterday was one of the brightest days we’ve had in months. Unfortunately, winds gusting to 50 mph made birding impractical, so, instead, I headed to Pt Defiance Park’s gardens.

Though, there are no roses yet, the garden is lined with tulips that beautifully reflected the day’s sunshine:

Purple Tulips

And though the Iris garden was looking rather dilapidated from recent heavy rains, several blossoms look like they must have just opened:

Purple and White Iris

Naturally, I couldn’t leave without checking my favorite, the Rhododendron Garden. A lot of rhodies were just just opening,

Rhody Bud

but there were certainly enough plants in full bloom

Pink Rhody

to make the walk through the woods a real delight,

Red Rhody

if you were able to ignore the sound of falling branches smashing into the underbrush.

When I returned home, ready to tackle more of my Malheur shots, I discovered that the electricity was out, out for the next three hours, as it turned out, confirming my decision not to sacrifice the present merely to reflect on the past.

What do you think?