Hello, Dear Friends.
I hope that spring's silver sunshine is
shining down and giving you pretty blooms
to brighten your day.
Here in Washington state, near the foothills of
the Cascade mountains, flowers are blooming,
birds are singing, and the trees are leafing out.
And every few days, we actually see the sun!
We do live near Seattle, after all, and everyone
knows that Seattle is known for its prodigious rainfall.
We get on average, about 40 inches of rain per year.
Most of that falls between December and June.
The glacial creek that runs below our little mountain
is running high, and late at night, when the sounds carry
far, we can hear it rushing and gurgling on its way to
Sometimes it sounds like lonely voices lost in time....
All the rain fills up the wetlands and helps the
skunk cabbage (lysichiton americanus) bloom.
This plant is a delicacy of the American black bear
as they forage for food after a long hibernation.
Ramblin' Man has just washed and filled the gas tank
of my trusty 2005 Ford Ranger, so we can take a drive.
The countryside is so green and lush and punctuated
by the prettiest flowering trees this time of year.
This little apple tree grew all on its own from
apples we used to feed my children's ponies,
when they stayed in the little pasture that
belonged to our neighbor on long summer days.
The ponies are gone, (they lived with us the rest of their lives)
the pasture is now unused and overgrown,
and the dear, elderly neighbor has long since departed this world,
but this little tree stands in remembrance of those
sweet, childhood days.
After driving down from our little mountain,
the road levels out here, surrounded by pasture,
before snaking down and around sharp curves
and landing on a broad plateau that hosts
the tiny, historic logging town we call our own.
It is full of the most charming little cottages.
A fairly new library.....
And tree-lined lanes.
There's a narrow roadside park that runs the length
of the town where people love to walk and picnic.
This time of year it is especially pretty
with cherry trees all in bloom.
This lovely park can be seen by all who travel
the busy two-lane highway that runs
all the way to Mt. Rainier.
In summer the highway is full of campers,
outdoors-enthusiasts and tourists,
and in winter; skiers, snow-shoe'rs and snow boarders
on their way to the local ski resort 45 miles away.
Between 1 and 2 million visitors from all over the world
visit 14,411 ft. Mt. Rainier every year.
I try to avoid this highway when I can :)
So, I drive the back-roads, which might take longer,
but are so much prettier.
Right now the dogwood trees are blooming in
the most gorgeous shades of cream and rose.
And colorful rhododendron and azalea bloom in every shade.
This time of year is so lovely and so full of promise......
Beauty is everywhere.
But all roads lead to home!
Thank you for coming along with me, Dear Friends!
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took
the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference"
- Robert Frost -
Today I am linking with:
Floral Passions - Floral Bliss
Floral Passions - Floral Bliss
Won't you join the fun?