Yesterday evening was cool to cold and blustery with spitting rain.
Then last night a warm wind settled in.
Setting up this morning!
After having been well watered the world is bursting forth in green!
The carpet of blood root are dominating the forest floor, and the wet leaves are darkened with moisture setting off the colors vividly.
Ferns have popped up over night.
The grass has a sort of hyper chlorophyll green.
To add to all of that we ended up with a northern flicker (a type of woodpecker) with a lemon yellow belly, a bright red cap, and a black and white wing feather pattern that looks grey from a distance. The colors were so distinct that I dared not use the camera on my lap for fear of missing some of the chance to catch sight of the bird while it was nearby.
The weather is at 7:55 a.m.:
57.9 degrees F and rising;
98% humidity!! and steady;
29.23" of Hg pressure and rising;
no wind or breeze;
the USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE.
The Cascades are running with the recent rains and the sound of the running water is distinct.
In short, there probably could not be a more fantastic morning to be out in the woods in the spring.
UPDATE 2:00 PM
The Cascades Brook is flowing at 6.2"