My part of Oregon has been getting an incredible dose of spring sunshine for the last few days:
This delightful occurrence has made things grow like crazy in my garden....
The daffodils are so bright I have to squint to look at them:
The vinca, though small, makes me smile:
The strawberries are thinking about giving me some fruit:
I'm not sure what these are, but aren't they pretty?:
Even the old, unused goat run is blooming this year:
I wonder if goats like to eat these:
Everywhere I look, my garden is suddenly alive and anxious to be seen:
The garlic is thriving:
A small bed of beets and lettuce (protected from hungry deer currently inside a small dog fence until I can get my regular garden fence up) is well established:
The peas are poking up:
Carrots are finally sprouting (I can see them, can you?):
The radishes have been going nuts and had to be thinned:
But with all this incredible sun, these big guys have been acting up:
Do you see that odd haze in the air...a lack of clarity in the photo?:
I've seen trees drop pollen before but *never* like this. Walking outside, even though it is brilliant sunshine, it appears to be sprinkling. Which it is...though not with rain.
For people with allergies (me, my son, my husband and, well, pretty much everyone I know), this has been almost like a horror movie. Here's my car:
Seeing these small particles everywhere, floating down on my head and landing on all the surfaces around me, I suddenly realized I was breathing all this into my lungs. I practically talked myself into a massive allergy attack right there on the spot. But I tried to remain calm and, instead, appreciate the nature event unfolding before me.
I've never seen an accumulation of pollen like this before. It's almost like sand in its consistency:
With the slight wind, it has now blown onto all our window screens:
The pollen is so fine, it has filtered its way into our cars and the house, finely coating all surfaces with a yellow, powdery dust. A powdery dust that is perfect for writing messages in:
Can you believe I'm looking forward to our next rain?
I got yet another tiny egg . For anyone wondering, this one, too, weighs a mere .4 oz.: