Sunshine and blue skies return to the PNW, at long last. I admit to leaning back a few times today with my eyes closed, just soaking in the sun, while my fingers continued to clean Arctostaphylos seeds on autopilot. But before that, the sun earlier in the morning was simply beautiful. The big, arching Eucalyptus perriniana below is one of the first things I see in the morning when I get out of the car. The low sun lit up its branches, emphasizing the warm, ruddy tones of the peeling bark and young stems. I love the long strips of bark hanging off the limbs in strands and loops. It's so exotic. Seeing this first thing in the morning took me away from the dreary cold of winter to warmer climes. I appreciate the rainy season for enabling the growth of the lush forests and vegetation the PNW is known for, and I even like it to some extent because it gives me an excuse to curl up inside with a book and take a break from gardening. But this long stretch of rain even got to me. Hopefully those predictions of a sunnier January come true.
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