Happy first day of spring!
We were searching today for any sign of spring in the Pacific Northwest — that big blue blob of cold on national weather maps. You know — the maps showing warm gold, orange and red across the rest of the U.S., as almost everyone experiences above-average temps?
We found this timid trillium, closed against the cold, in our Douglas fir woods.
The forest has had a bounty of Jurassic-sized ferns for months, allowing us to enjoy green all winter.
Now that spring has arrived, of course, Oregon has been touched by late snow. On the weekend, snowflakes here in Portland were so wet and sticky, they were drifting in fat clumps as big as … we were stumped for comparisons.
As big as Doritos.
They melted on contact, so our first-of-spring snow is mostly good news in the five (!) mountains surrounding Portland. Snowboarders are thrilled; city-bound, we ache to be skiing.
Yet we’re thrilled too, to be thinking of spring travel, after seeing cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., and other early blooms on the National Mall last week.