The wild plum magic becomes visible. That scree of white above the willow in the near background is the huge wild plum just beginning to bloom.
Another view of the wild plum beginning its blossom display.
The Magic works slowly in February, for even if the days are sunny and warm, the nights are cold.
Not enough sun today to see it well, but the magic is growing.
Getting more vibrant.
Wait for it!
Last day in the sun, alas, and we may never see the full glory of the display because it came so early and the window of warmth and light was not long enough.
A close-up, looking across the lower swamp-field.
A wider angle shot across the same swamp-field, showing all of the canopy and the sides. There are daughter scions developing from seed underneath the main tree.
In a sunbreak between the showers.
In the early morning sunlight, with the forground trees in shadow.
Mid-day, lots of sun, as viewed from the driveway over the Pear tree in the foreground.
Lots of rain last night. Looking a little ragged om the Saturday sunbreak.
A sunbreak shows the Plum Thicket still has its stuff!
It's there again this morning! We are blessed.
This after noon I braved the deep pools of Mukilteo Muck to get a shot from across the swamp field. A little bit too much sun in the eyes. Actually, I can't see the screen much and am shooting almost blindly. Thank heavens for the Kodak Point and Shoot cameras, though this is not an original brownie.
Carefully stepping on grass humps to keep above the standing water, I have moved south to the bottom of the swamp field. This shot is looking slightly north of West, and the sun has dimmed a bit. That green on the bottom is probably willow beyond the Plum Thicket. Alas, there is green among the blossoms in the plum. The devine aura will not be with us much longer.
It's still there.
And today, also.
The wonderful thing about Spring that starts in February is that it moves so slowly.
The Lilac in the lower left tells the tale that Spring marches on.
There it still lives and breaths in the plum thicket in the far right background. In the mid-left background, the crown of white flower is from the Willow tree, that has pushed its catkins out while we have been mesmerized by the display in the Plum Thicket.
The aura of the devine may be fading in the Plum Thicket, but it is spreading to the grafted fruit trees. Here is the multi-graft plum tree in front of the house.
The next, next neighbor to the north's plum tree.
The flowering prune in the neighbor's yard.
Fading and turning green--still glorious.
A grafted flowering plum at the Next, next neighbor to the north east.
The Aura of the Devine is gone. It is just another tree in the forest. Not to dispair. It will return next year.