299Days #67 Purple Tulip
Sunday we were treated to a gorgeous day of sunshine, blue skies, no wind and a high temperature of 60 degrees f. Monday was not suddenly spring, it was a dark cloudy day threatening to turn ugly. It was cooler with a high of 48 deg. f., and alternated between wind, brief torrential rains, sleet, hail and sun.
Tuesday morning, we woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground, some fog, and the blue ski breaking through heavy dark clouds. The roads were icy with the temperature at 31 degrees f. It snowed hard off and on all morning. Then about half past noon we were hit with heavy snow, hail and sleet, which melted within a few minutes. The sky cleared and the sun came out. On the way home the moon played peek-a-boo behind some clouds. I did get some great photos, but they have to wait until the weekend for processing.
Today, Wednesday Mar 7, 2012 it was 29, everything frozen with a bright sun and the temperature quickly soaring into the upper 50s. Tomorrow it is supposed to be 65. This is not unusual for a nearly spring day in western Oregon. The kind of weather we are famous for: the ever-changing weather. The saying I grew up with was, “If you don’t like the weather, look out again in 15 minutes, it will have changed.”
True Oregonians never take an umbrella, but they always take a fleece and a wind breaker and a hat. That’s to cover the average unpredictable weather. It can be 70 at the beach in February, it can be 45 and windy in August. It’s the luck of the draw, just be prepared.
That brings us to todays photo. Beautiful flowers on my birthday from my son, daughter-in-law and two blond grandkids were a wonderful gift. It was like Spring sat on my desk. I loved the purple tulips, white calla lilies, blue japanese iris filled in with dark pink wax flower in a pretty clear glass vase. I can never resist photos of tulips, so wanted to share one with you. I chose the close-up so you can appreciate all the work mother nature put into painting one perfect bloom.
Have a good evening. See you tomorrow.