2010 has brought Seattle the warmest January we have seen in over a hundred years of record-keeping, which might seem odd to those dealing with record-setting snowfall in more southerly parts of the east coast. This is an El Niño year, which brings strange weather patterns to the whole Pacific basin and over much of North America. Our warm temperatures and Vancouver’s trucking in snow for parts of the Winter Olympics are part of this El Niño effect.
As a result of the warm weather, our first sign of spring, the flowering of the hazelnut trees, occurred just about the first of January, and I heard frogs croaking on warm days. While jogging in Bremerton, I saw the first miniature irises in bloom.
In early February I made two trips to Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum, located along Lake Washington near the University of Washington campus. The arboretum is beautiful any time, but I especially love the flowering trees in spring, and this was my first opportunity in 2010 to see early witch hazels and azaleas in bloom. Within the arboretum, the J. A. Witt Winter Garden is the focus for early spring color, as well as bright winter twig and bark colors.
In this portfolio you can see traditional approaches to garden photography–as well as some more impressionistic images that have their own beautiful aesthetic. Enjoy the spring through my photography, even if you are trapped in a snowstorm!
For more information about Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum, go to: http://depts.washington.edu/wpa/index.htm.
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