Monday, March 12, 2012

Early bloomers

Pacific Madrona or Madrone, Arbutus menziesii  

When one thinks of spring in the northwest, the orange-red, peeling bark of the Madrona tree usually isn’t the first visual that comes to mind. But before we discount this windswept native of even our urban streets and rocky shores, take a look at these bloomers on the Southside and give some credit where credit’s due. They blow the dogwoods and chestnuts away for promptness - their blossoms are weeks away yet. 

An enthusiastic Casey pose during a stroll through windy Fairhaven.

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