I’m wearing my personal chef hat this week, cooking two meals a day for six days, nurturing Christina Baldwin’s ‘The Self as the Source of the Story’ writing group. With all the many ingredients and menus competing for attention in my mind, there’s little room left for writing. I give you this week a gift for the senses in the form of David Welton’s excellent photos of Whidbey’s spring flowers. OMG! After the dark and cold February we endured, the colors of our flowers and trees seem like a miracle.  A friend who once lived in the Seattle area, but moved away due to the depression she suffered from the Northwest’s sunless winters, once said that we get amnesia here in the Northwest: we forgot the gray and damp and are blissed beyond belief with the longer days, the color, the sun, bird song, bunny love and the vistas. Happy Spring Everyone!

British phone box framed by full pink cherry blossoms
The full bloom of cherry trees frame this British phone box on Langley’s First Street.
Yellow lily with green stamen
These skunk-musk-smelling ‘Swamp Lanterns’ grow in wetlands.
Yellow-heart shaped leaves encircle a green-knobbed spadix on a skunk cabbage flower
Native perennial skunk cabbage gets its name from its musky scent. This scent attracts the same pollinators–flies, typically– who also land on plants that smell like rotting meat. The scent travels easily because it is carried on warm air currents that rise from the spathe, the hoodlike yellow leaf that encircles the knobbly spadix, which is actually the plant’s flower.
Soaking in the sun and color, a bike ride during springtime can be intoxicating for the senses.
Framed under a tree of pink blossoms, this horse grazes amid spring bliss.
pink flowers magnified in a rainbow bubble
Wizard Tom Lindsay’s bubble art magnifies fruit tree blossoms.
creamy pink and white blossom of magnolia tree
The island’s creamy white and pink magnolia trees originated from ancestors native to the Southern United States
Pink blossomed plum trees line a country road
Plum trees add color to the island in early spring.
Red barn, cherry blossoms
The Bixby family farm on the west side of the island.
Native pink and white rhododendron
Native rhododendrons grow throughout Whidbey Island. Now is the time to look at the cultivated varieties in a spectrum of pattern and color as well.








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