The Cherry Blossom’s have made an early display in the Pacific Northwest and it looks like the recent rains have already closed down the show pretty early. Even though Spring just started, most of the blossom’s had started blooming several weeks ago. You can still find a few trees that bloom later than most but you will have to wait for a few days before the sun reappears in order to try to photograph any of the trees that are still in bloom. I was really surprised to find almost no bees swarming around the trees throughout the Willamette Valley. I only found one bee hive and usually I find myself immersed and surrounded by hundreds of hungry bees swarming along the trees. Maybe it’s because they bloomed well before spring or maybe it’s a sign that the bees are having a harder time that we thought. Most of the spring vegetation is still dormant or just barely starting to show their colors, so I expect that once it starts to dry out again and warm up the bees will be out in force. I would recommend that you get ready for some pretty spectacular spring flowers to make a rather awesome entry by early next week. Even though there are a lot of tulip’s and lily’s making an early arrival, I think that we should have a pretty spectacular display of flowers over the next several weeks.
It was another beautiful day in downtown Portland on Sunday. It may have been a little overcast and somewhat chilly but that didn’t keep people from hanging outside in downtown. I had a friend visiting from Orange County, so I decided to take him to Portland so he could test out several of his recently purchased lenses. I figured that the walking tour around the business district and the museum district would be a good start. We finished the day at the waterfront, near the Hawthorne bridge again. The cloud’s had formed into popcorn style shapes, which made for a great landscape since the sun was in a perfect position to create plenty of backlight.