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Chasing the sucker hole

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, β€œwe really should get out for more walks, more hikes.” 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 haven’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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Comments: 12

  • Chloe Belanger

    March 20, 2013

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

  • March 20, 2013

    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.

  • March 21, 2013

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

  • March 21, 2013

    Gorgeous photos and I love that expression.

  • March 21, 2013

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

  • March 21, 2013

    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…

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