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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Old Man Winter

Lifting his gray beard
Displaying his handiwork
The Old Man departs

Ventured out for a quick walk in the woods.  The freeway signs warn chains are required to cross the mountain pass.

But here, little hints of Spring.

Fern spores

Grasses shooting up through last Falls Big Leaf Maple leaves.

Trailiing Yellow Violets, the first wildflowers of the woodlands.

Indian Plum, these shrubs set the first berries of Spring.

A pair of Piliated Woodpeckers noisily flew in and investigated their nest hole.  WOKKA WOKKA WOKKA... you cannot mistake the call. 

Pacific Wren males were busy on their territories, singing their merry run-on song.


  1. Lovely set of pictures, Marti. A place we haven't had a chance to visit but must see.

  2. We didn't spend much time in the Skagit Valley earlier this week but didn't go to Washington Park either. Instead we went to Sharpe Park and scouted around there. That's a place we have to go back to.

  3. Hi Marti, it was good to see you drop by my post today. And this looks very heartwarming to me! Spring is definitely in your neck of the woods and will eventually come here.
    Wonderful photos here.

  4. I am very disappointed that you didn't find either the Coralroots or the Fairies. Hope you have a chance to get back there and see them. There are two trails at the bend, it's the slightly higher one and then they (the Fairies) are on your right under a small brushy branch.