Chasing the sucker hole

March 20, 2013

The weather men in the Pacific Northwest have a term for patches of blue sky: sucker hole; as in Mother Nature shows you a bit of sapphire blue, grants you a few minutes of sunshine and then storms up again just as you want to believe the weather has turned.

deer lake

Chloe and I have been saying, โ€œwe really should get out for more walks, more hikes.โ€ And so, while the mountains were shrouded in a wet, white veil, we headed out to chase a large sucker hole we hoped would last for an hour or so.

The best place for a walk seemed to be Deer Lake Park and we were there in ten minutes. The park has good gravel paths and board walks thru the swampy bits. We took the trail around the lake.

Over head…oh my…the sky was so blue. We havenโ€™t seen a blue like this for months.

There was a strong wind driving the clouds into the mountains and our sucker hole lasted and lasted.

Spring was everywhere at Deer Lake. Paired off ducks and geese, bird song, soft pussy willows, aspens in full catkins, wild bleeding hearts and lilies greening all over the forest floor and swarms of gnats dancing in the middle of the pathways.

We had a lovely long walk and then back to the rain.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Chloe Belanger March 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Lovely post mom ๐Ÿ™‚ We had such a nice time there today didn’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Veronica March 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      We did, didn’t we shnookie? ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s go back soon.

  • Reply JoAnn Bayne March 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    A lovely post – and fabulous photos. This area looks a lot like Tenant Lake near Bellingham, same kine of wooden path in the swampy areas, same plants – same fickle blue sky.

    • Reply Veronica March 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

      Hi JoAnn, That’s so true. I pop down to Bellingham and on to Seattle occasionally and it feels like home to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sara v March 21, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Veronica! Sooooo beautiful!! Love those yellow lilies and catkins, and pussy willows-they look especially lovely next to Chloe’s hat and auburn hair ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad the sun and sky were yours for awhile.

    • Reply Veronica March 21, 2013 at 5:20 am

      Hi Sara, I noticed that C tend to wear that hat most days and I keep photographing her in it…lol. She said yesterday that she really has to wear a different hat one of these days! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply michellepond March 21, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Gorgeous photos and I love that expression.

    • Reply Veronica March 21, 2013 at 5:20 am

      Hi Michelle, it’s a good one, isn’t it? Lol.

  • Reply Carol Early Cooney March 21, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Your pictures are lovely. It give me hope for spring – it is 20 degrees here but it is supposed to be sunny.

    • Reply Veronica March 21, 2013 at 5:20 am

      Spring is coming Carol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Julia Tomiak March 21, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Good for you to point out the bright spots of spring as we all wait impatiently. Sometimes we just have to look closely… Beautiful photos. I should take a walk with my daughter…

    • Reply Veronica March 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I know Julia, spring is taking her sweet time! I hope you got out for a lovely walk too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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