Spring in the Pacific Northwest

North Idaho. Spring. Snow has melted away. Winter's grip a memory. Chill leaves slowly. Longer days. April showers. May flowers.

Warmer days. Spring's first flora emerges. Latin: Erythronium grandiflorum. Family: Liliaceae. Genus: Fawnlily. Yellow Avalanche Lily. Glacier Lily. Dogtooth Fawn Lily. Early nectar for pollinators. Native to Western North America.

April becomes May. Bees buzz. Sol's heat intensifies. Lilies falter. Fade. Wilt away. Earth's soil produces nourishment for seed. Seed takes root. Green growth. Scratch test. Buds swell. New blooms emerge. Wildflowers spring forth. Welcoming rain pools; droplets form.

Bees leave hive and travel known flight pattern. Vibrant colors beckon. Nature's dance continues. Meadow field propagated. Spring flowers tarnish. June days lengthen. Queen cells capped; royal jelly produced. Petals fall. Pea-pods open. Atmosphere thick with humidity. Lightning flashes; thunder peals. Sky rips open and floodgates release. The promise of summer's hot breath patiently waits.

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
— Luke 12:27

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