Spring Observations

When I lived in Seattle, I didn’t fully appreciate the arrival of spring.  Seattle is kept moderately temperate year-round by the proximity of Puget Sound and, by proxy, the Pacific Ocean.  You can pretty much go for a run out of doors all year long, if you don’t mind a little rain.

But since leaving Seattle to return to Eastern Washington, I have a new appreciation for spring.  The numerous evergreen trees in Seattle keep things from turning entirely gray and brown.  So you miss the slowly dawning, creeping emergence of green all around you.  It’s such a pleasure that I’ve come to consider driving around here this time of year as hazardous, because you’re so distracted by the sun-dappled leaves out the window.  I went out of my way to drive by one of my favorite local parks last week with cold groceries in the backseat:

tree-lined street

sun-dappled leaves

And with the slow creeping green came warmer weather in a rush — literally.  All of our considerable accumulation of mountain snow is melting in one go, and the Falls are at record levels.  Check out these photos!

Monroe Street Bridge and Falls

Lower Falls, May 2009

Monroe Street Bridge and Falls - 2011

Lower Falls, May 2011

Happy Spring-almost-Summer, everyone!

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2 thoughts on “Spring Observations

  1. naomig@the happy sanitarium

    Wow! The Lower Falls pictures are amazing! The Columbia is crazy high here right now–they’ve got all the spillways rocking on the dams, and it’s still looks really high.

    I had NO idea that spring was so lovely until I moved here. Now it’s one of my favorite seasons. It’s completely anti-climatic on the west side–Yay! More green!

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  2. jaydubya

    That sort of shows how awesome the Falls were – but somehow – it still doesn’t quite do them justice! Thanks for taking me there!

    Reply

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