Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

March 22, 2007

In the Pink

The thundercloud plum trees are in full bloom!! They are usually the first of the flowering trees to kick off spring in the Pacific Northwest. This stand of trees is along Locust Avenue, less than a half mile from my house, in Bonney Lake.

We have 4 thundercloud plums in our back yard, but these look so much more impressive. It was pouring rain when I shot these at about 4:00 p.m., hence the dark quality. These do not bear plums though. Their leaves are the colour of plums, a really cool dark dusty purple.
The daffodils are coming up in the valley as well, and are being harvested for the annual Daffodil Parade in a couple of weeks.
Spring has sprung!


  1. Wow they are beautiful. I really miss spring. In Florida it seems to come and go in one day. I like the warm but miss the season changes.

  2. Daffodil parade. I Love Daffodils!!!

    The trees are spectacular...Happy Spring :)

  3. Anonymous9:59 PM


    very beautiful surroundings you have there. I love spring when it blooms like that.

  4. oh they're gorgeous jojo! when we lived in MO the dogwoods were everywhere, so pretty. here we have redwoods, apple and cherry blossoms, none of which have blossomed yet, but my daffodils are have buds!

  5. Everyone has used the words I wanted to use already. They are beautiful.

  6. lizzzard6:27 PM

    And we are looking at nothing but huge piles of melting snow and deeply rutted mud roads here....sigh...Lizzard

  7. wow lovely pictures jojo! i bet you they smell wonderful

  8. Indeed, I'm sneezing and snuffling. I have this same tree in front of my house. It is beautiful and provides much needed shade in the summer.

  9. Anonymous8:08 AM

    It is wonderful to know that spring has sprung for almost everyone!

  10. hi - what a beuatiful photograph!!! I've always loved it when spring comes along when I was leaving in europe. Unfortunately in Singapore, it's sun, sun, sun all the time!!

  11. kathleen2:11 PM

    I really hope that the snow is fully melted by Thursday for fesitval over the weekend.

    That would be so pleasant.