Washington state "rhodies" are in bloom everywhere, and in every color. I can hardly believe how beautiful these flowers are. Today it is around 60 degrees, so I walked around in the sun and went to the Farmer's Market. These were taken in someone's front yard.
At the market, I saw these two women buying bouquets of lilacs, which, as you can see, are out in full force for Mother's Day (tomorrow). The market is busy, I mean bustling with vendors, customers, children, musicians, jugglers. You would never have known today that there is a recession going on. Everyone was smiling and laughing and enjoying the sunshine. One thing you really don't realize in a place that has abundant sunshine all the time: what a joy it is when the sun comes out after days of rain. And it's so lush!
Some friends here in Bellingham laugh at me when I stop and look at the moss-covered trees. To me it's amazing:
A living tree! Covered with moss! Look at that! You also can't tell which direction north is by looking at the tree, either, since there's moss everywhere. (This picture was taken last fall, which is why the leaves are turning. I'll have to take a picture of this tree in the summer when we travel up to the Mt. Baker wilderness.)
I love the weather up here. Years and years of brilliant sunshine have made it easy, at least for now, to enjoy the mist and the rain. And the times when the sun comes out to play.