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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Favorites - Daffodils



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This post is from last spring, when daffodils are dancing in the sunshine all over our area - peeking out at us - laughing in the sunshine - it is a wonderful time of year. There are so many daffodils that on a warm day, with the windows rolled down, you can smell daffodils while taking a drive.

A few weeks ago we decided it was time to get photos of the daffodils in bloom - there are so many in our town, and some of my favorites are in a big park near our house. They grow right along the street- in massive bunches. Each year the bunches get bigger and bigger. It is a busy street, and Don had to pull over to the side, almost out of traffic, and then watch for oncoming cars and wave them on around us. We got lots of smiles and waves as people noticed what we were doing.



A nice variety . . .



I love the soft yellow of the centers . . .



Nothing like a big ol' yellow daffodil . . .




Here is a good example of how big the individual bunches are . . .




Then we drove down to the bay - to a very small park. Near the park on the bay is a seafood processing plant and someone had planted daffodils in front of the sign - so of course I had to have pictures of that.




Next - a little drive in the country and some of my favorite spring flowers - Skunk Cabbage. Growing up in Southeast Alaska (Sitka) I would always smell these "flowers" in the spring time, they were a sure sign that spring was at last coming. Having no skunks in our area, I had no idea that we were supposed to dislike this scent - so I didn't dislike it - in fact I liked it - a lot. Now when we see a large patch of skunk cabbage we always have to slow down and open the windows so I can enjoy one of my favorite spring scents. I know - it isn't lilacs - which I also adore - but it smells like spring to me.



And just as we drove onto our street - there on the side of the street were Mr. and Mrs. Mallard - enjoying the muck in the little ditch beside the street.



He was keeping watch while Mrs. shovelled along, looking for something tasty. There are ponds about two blocks away - but this couple has decided to take up residence here instead. We see them every time we drive in and out - and sometimes they are just sitting quietly on a very small strip of grass beside one of the driveways. They are so well camouflaged that I worry a car will hit them. They don't seem to be bothered at all by the traffic, and we stopped and took pictures for several minutes and they didn't move from this area.

4 comments:

Debbie said...

Beautiful shots of your daffodils, I can't wait to see the real thing shortly!!~

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello...

It's so very nice to have you join in with Sunday Favorites...WELCOME!!!

What a lovely post to share...I really do have Spring Fever right now! Your beautiful, sunny daffodils really added to the hope that Spring will come! My friend, it's snowing like crazy at my house today...I bet we have about 6in. now! It was so refreshing to see your beautiful flowers and sweet little duck family! Your town must be a beautiful sight in the Spring! I must admit that I've never heard or seen skunk flowers but I love that vibrant yellow!!!

Thank you again for participating in with Sunday Favorites...I hope that you'll join us again!

Have a super Sunday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Lynn said...

Daffodils are my favorite flowers. I think it is the fact that they herald the coming of spring and also they are so fleeting!
Look fast!

Keetha Broyles said...

Maybe in about a month and a half we'll have these popping up around here again.