|Our first daffodil!|
But then, in early March, something wonderful happens. First, the daffodils rear their sunny yellow heads out of the cold soil. Then, bright purple crocuses arrive on the scene.
|The neighbor's crocuses about to open|
And...the next week all the flowering trees erupt in frilly pink blossoms. BAM! Before you know it, everything is in bloom.
|Water droplet dangles from a daffodil|
Spring really snuck up on me this year. The week after I spotted our daffodils sprouting flowers, every tree in the neighborhood burst into color. I swear it all happened overnight.
|Raindrops bead on daffodil leaves|
There's a flowering pear tree in our front yard. The tree isn't anything special 11 months out of the year. But in March it decorates itself with lovely white blooms and pink-tinged buds.
|Our floweriing pear tree is in bloom|
The neighbors on our cross street also have some nice flowering trees. This past sunny Saturday morning, I ran over with my camera to capture morning light on the blooms.
|More lovely blossoms|
Right now these bright yellow flowering trees can be found all over town. Not sure what they are called (not much of an arborist, sorry!) but I know what I like to photograph.
|Bright yellow flowers brighten a neighbor's tree|
Our next-door neighbors have a giant weeping willow tree, that dangles over the fence into our yard.
|Blossoms cascade down our neighbor's weeping willow|
It was chock-full of cute little white flowers.
The flowers began dropping from the tree's branches, decorating the ground below. Even lying on the sidewalk, they're mighty pretty.
|Fallen blooms decorate the sidewalk|
Remember the photo of the closed crocus flowers at the beginning of this post? Well, later that day I was delighted to pass by and discover their petals had opened. And they were indeed lovely.
|The crocuses are open!|
Spring in Portland is colorful and glorious. Bursting onto the scene like a delightful surprise, it's our reward for enduring the long, dark, gray months of winter.
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