|Waterfall is gentle today|
We went out today on a search for the status of wild trillium at one of our usual winter haunts, Chuckanut Mountain. Although it had rained most of the night, we were told that today should be mostly sunny. When I woke to overcast skies and heavy clouds, I thought that wouldn't be the case. But I was wrong.
|Our sunny trail|
By the time we reached the trailhead and began our climb to one of my favorite hikes, the Lower Salal, we were inundated with full sunshine, a little breeze, and a gentle uphill climb.
|Pretty skunk cabbage|
Since I visited this place a few weeks ago and saw few signs of spring, it's all changed. I saw this beautiful flower (with a little slug that seems to be feeding on it), and I recognized it immediately as a skunk cabbage. Or, as a friend likes to call it, a swamp lantern. And they have proliferated in the low wet areas, as usual.
|Lots of 'em|
By the time I see these guys next week, I suspect they will be much larger, as we have some sunny and warm weather ahead. But it took most of the hike before we found what we had come for: a trillium.
|First of the season|
Heavy with rain from last night's deluge, we found what we had been looking for, and although it's not ready to bloom quite yet, the unmistakable three leaves and the soon-to-be single flower are all ready for an unveiling, coming soon. Melanie's eagle eyes spied this one, and it was the only one we saw all day.
We did see other signs of spring, such as this pretty salmonberry blossom along the trail. Melanie took this one since my picture didn't turn out. The flowers are so pretty, even if the taste of the berry itself leaves something to be desired.
|Young maple leaves in sunlight|
When we were walking up the trail, this bush looked almost like a scene from autumn, until we got close enough to see it is simply the red of fresh leaves coming out for their springtime celebration.
Yes, springtime was everywhere in the air, along the trail, among the verdant green growth that fills the eye and heart with joy. It was so lovely to be out walking with a good friend, even if we didn't go far, it was enough. And we saw our first wild trillium of the year!