craving colour

If you don’t live in the Northwest, you might be tired of hearing about it.

If you’ve never lived in the Northwest, you might have a hard time relating to it.

If you live here, you know just what I mean.

The grey.  The godforsaken grey.  It weighs us down, a lead blanket on even the most positively-tended personality.

While it may still be cold for some (Pittsburgh’s last-frost day is May1st, for pity’s sake), it seems that everywhere else is seeing regular sun.

Seattle? Portland? Vancouver, BC?  Not so much.

The occasional ray of sun gasps and wheezes through the clouds, but the clouds are mostly winning.

We get hints, but in March, we can still have big storms, and spring is not fully here yet.

Until then, we have to look for colour.  And we cherish every bit we discover.

Gardeners throughout the region have planned for this time.

Purple and yellow crocus blooms have cheered us for several weeks now, and the cherry and plum trees are delightful pom-poms against the grey.  Daffodils are up and camellias are just starting to open.  The forsythia are frothy with yellow blossoms.

Now.

But ten days ago, things still looked pretty bleak.

That’s when my new friend, Tea, suggested a walk and photo-shoot in the Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum.

What a revelation!

The colours, shapes, textures, and life in the winter blooming garden were stunning – inspiring even.

And renewed my faith in the promise of spring.

These shots are some of my favourites.  Later today, I will have more over on flickr**.

**Yes, flickr is a new thing for me.  I’m not sure if I’ll settle there, or keep a gallery here, or both.  Still working that out.  Anyone have any thoughts?

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