Happy First Day of Spring!

Hellebores and Daffodil

It’s been a long winter, and I, for one, am so glad it’s over with! The past month was unseasonably cold, here in the Pacific Northwest. We had several instances of snow, which is rare for us. Our traditional, early blooming season was way behind as a result. And now, just within the past few days, we experienced soaring temperatures that rivaled summer temperatures. In fact, we broke a high temperature record for this time of year! As a result, blooms were popping out all over the place. It’s so nice to see color, once again…the yellow Daffodils, pink Hellebores, Camellias, and blue Anemones are the mainstay. Rhododendrons are just getting started as well.

Miniature Daffodils

Anemones (Grecian Windflowers)

Camellias

Rhododendrons

I also challenged myself during this warm weather spell to walk across our Tacoma Narrows Bridges. I didn’t walk all the way across, just to the highest point midway. I could have walked the full length, but then I would have to walk back, and I just don’t have the strength to do that. Besides, it’s very windy across there! In the end, I was quite sore for a few days after that little jaunt. Look at how beautiful the snow covered Olympic Mountains look from this viewpoint!

All photos property of Peggy A Thompson

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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12 Responses to Happy First Day of Spring!

  1. Good to hear from you again. Beautiful pictures!

  2. Beautiful splashes of Spring colors, I especially love your Anemones capture!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    How long have there been two bridges?! I have not been across Tacoma Narrows this century yet. An associate here is selling his former home near there in Long Branch.

    • The second bridge has been in operation since 2007. It’s really nice having it. No more traffic backups! We do have a toll to help pay for it., though. Once it’s paid for, the toll disappears….so they say.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, I have not been there since before it was built; although I just remembered that I went through there last June. Either I could not see it from Highway 5, or just did not bother looking for it.

        • One cannot see the bridges from Interstate 5. You have to take Hwy 16, once in Tacoma, and head west towards Bremerton.

        • tonytomeo says:

          Well, that would be why I do not remember it. We have too many new bridges around the San Francisco Bay area to keep track of. I do not even know what the Carquinez or Benecia Bridges look like anymore.

  4. Gunta says:

    Good to see you posting again and enjoying the weather. I did hear that your end of the west coast had a rougher winter than usual. On the other hand it looks like your blooms are quite a bit ahead of ours. I’ll just have to be patient. 😀

  5. BriarCraft says:

    It has been a joy to see spring literally popping all around after those few record-breaking warm days. I’m proud of you for taking that scenic, but windy walk! As someone who pays the price for walking a mile, I value the importance of turning around prudently, with full realization that you still have to walk all the way back.

    • Thank you! Yes, I sometimes do dearly pay the price for walking a mile. I am still feeling it! Yesterday I hiked a mile in Point Defiance Park with a group of hikers led by park rangers to view some of the park’s largest and tallest Douglas Firs. I was fine the first half of the hike because we made a lot of stops to look at things. But then on the way back, we hiked straight on without stops, and that just about killed me! I’ll have to rethink some of these group hikes!

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