It is officially spring time here! The birds are back singing outside my window; the enchanting, well kept grounds at the hospital where I work display a new splash of color every morning. It's wonderful, glorious. I feel like breaking out in song, even though some days that song would have to be "Singing in the Rain." It makes me remember all over again why I love Seattle!
Say what you want about the dreary, rainy weather in Seattle, I'll take it over the harsh winters and hot, humid summers the rest of the country suffers thru! In this Washington, the cherry trees started blooming by the first weekend in February! I took this sweet picture Super Bowl Sunday on a walk around Greenlake, when the other Washington was enduring record breaking blizzards.
Daffodils, the cheery heralds of the new season began popping up weeks ago. By the end of February, the whole city was colored yellow and white with the promise of impending spring!
Last weekend, I even discovered baby buds on a magnolia tree!
Now there are flowers everywhere!
Yep, it's spring!
The flowers are beautiful and hint at the out-of-this world greatness of summer in Seattle, but to me, they're not the best part of my city. Seattle is nestled snugly in the Puget Sound basin, hugged on all sides by the most marvelous sites nature has to offer. For me, the best part, the absolute best part is the mountains! I didn't really appreciate them until I was away from home for a whole year. When I came back, I realized how much I had missed them. As my plane circled the city to land, I looked out my window and gasped. I couldn't get enough of the rugged peaks of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges. They're so young (geologically speaking) and fierce! I vowed to never take them for granted again. Now, on clear days, I can see the Olympics from my driveway. I love to sit in my car and drink in their splendor! How can deny the existence of a good God in the face of such beauty?