Spring May Finally Be Here

Spring has taken a real beating here in the Pacific Northwest.  An early start was interrupted by week-long snow and by freezing temperatures.  The snow finally gave way to a week or two of sunshine, but April took a step back with a record 12 days of rain and another week in the current forecast.  

In other words, it’s been hard to tell if Spring was truly here.  On a recent visit to Theler Wetlands, a field full of spiderwebs suggested it must be Fall, not Spring.

The wetlands looked like a spooky Halloween scene.

Meanwhile back at home those Heralds of Spring, daffodils, were shouting that sunshine was nigh.

In truth, my daffodils have held up remarkably well this year, benefitting from a lack of heat and twelve damp, if not soggy, days.

Of course, it’s foolish to depend on foreign imports to indicate if it’s truly Spring in the Pacific Northwest.  The best indicators are native plants like this Trillium 

After reading Robert Pyle’s Sky Time in Gray’s River I’ve decided that the best indicator of Spring is the native Skunk Cabbage 

and they are bursting forth in increasing numbers at Theler wetlands.


Sadly, not every day of retirement can be spent lollygagging in the sun on the Oregon Coast.

Luckily, not every day has to be spent in a doctor’s waiting room.

Judging from how few photos I took this month, I find it hard to believe that March was the second driest March in Seattle history.

Looking at this shot of Leslie trying to adjust her binoculars to see through the heavy morning fog

and at this shot of Green-Winged Teal, I remember why it didn’t seem that dry in March.

There may have been very little rain, but it wasn’t exactly sunny, either.

The photographer in me thrives on sunshine, not fog, but I was grateful to get outside a lot more this month than in Winter’s previous months.  

Truthfully, I enjoy walking in the fog (if it’s not too cold) even if I’m seldom excited by the photos I take.  Even the birds seem to find the fog calming, and are more apt to pose for the camera.