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.