Springtime in Seattle, part 2

The Pacific Northwest is just so gosh-darned beautiful in spring!

Dogwood blooms in a profusion of colors! Here is a rosy pink blossom I love.

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Gaudy azaleas!

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White dogwoods blossoms.

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Roses blooming in April.

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Pale pink rhododendron.

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More white dogwoods.

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Don’t even know the name of this flowering shrub.  But, it’s pretty!

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And, one of my favorite evergreen plants: acanthus.  I’d only ever heard of this plant in art history classes: Corinthian column capitals are derived from this plant.  I’d seen them in Southern California, but love them in Seattle.  As here, next to magenta azalea.  Wow!

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That’s my quota of beauty for one day!  I’ll be back soon with more spring blossoms from Seattle.

I hope your spring is beautiful, wherever you are!

 

 

Springtime in Seattle

Geez louise, no wonder I love this place so much!  Horticultural paradise!

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Unfortunately, my iPhone camera was set on some filtering setting when I shot the next few and I didn’t notice it until now.  Oh well.  They are still gorgeous!

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My favorite flower in the world is a camellia, often blooming in Seattle in December and January, extending into spring.

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I love the random patterns camellia blossoms make as they fall to the ground.

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Ah, springtime!  There is nothing like you!

 

 

I’ll take an order of blue, green, pink and white, with a side order of chartreuse and sunlight

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Pink magnolia blossoms set against a weeping willow that is chartreuse with new leaves.  All of this about ready to burst open with the Seattle sunshine.  Set against the blue backdrop of Lake Washington.

I know you think I am smoking the legal mj, but I swear to you this is what it looks like here.  Shhh, don’t tell anybody!!

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, part 2. Run to see it!

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Yes, the peacock was sublime!

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Yes, the harlequins were a delight!

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But, let’s looks at some other aspects of the extravaganza.

For example, the warring factions, on the part of the Nutcracker and the Mice, were picturesque beyond belief.

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I can’t locate a good photograph of the cavalry component of this Nutcracker online, but I did find this illustration.

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You’ll have to take my word for it: the cavalry rocked!  I’ve never seen anything like their spectacular horse costumes.

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The ethereal dance sequence with the corps de ballet dancing in a lightly falling snow was awesome.

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Can you see what I mean?  It snows rarely in Seattle, so this aspect of the ballet is beloved locally.  By me for sure!

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I’ve run out of superlatives to describe the Nutcracker, so I just show you some random photos of some great parts. A picture is worth a thousand words anyway.

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And yes, I had to sneak in the peacock again.  I can’t help it.  I love it so much!

So, to close, let me remind you that this is the very last year to see the Stowell-Sendak version of The Nutcracker in Seattle. So, what are you waiting for, people?  Go!