Spring has officially arrived in Washington.
How do I know?
Because the Skagit Valley has burst into bloom.
The world-famous tulip crop is still in buds, and awaiting a few more days of sunshine before it explodes in magnificent color. But the daffodils are happily setting the stage.
^ While the commonplace bright yellow daffodils pose an undeniable charm, I have always been partial to their paler sisters. These beauties, with their creamy petals and delicate yellow cups, are my absolute favorite and I was beside myself when we stumbled onto this field full of heaven.
^ The afternoon sun illuminates their fanciful faces and plays up every graceful fold and fluttery petal. I snapped many, many photos like this one.
^ My daughters and I wandered contentedly through the field, mesmerized not only by the flowers but the soft breeze, calls of birds, and warm sunshine on our pale winter skin.
^ Flowers reflected in the muddy puddles make special springtime magic.
^ Though the mud between the rows made for treacherous footing, I can think of few finer springtime pastimes that strolling through a field of daffodils.