My Simple Pleasure for Dayle's blog doesn't compare to the eye-popping blue orchid she discovered at a nursery. But my little yellow daffodil is my first to actually promise bloom after this seemingly extra-long winter. The first! I have a planting of daffodils under the oil tank on the east side of the house; they are still green with only a hint of yellow. Last fall, though, I planted 12 or 16 daffodil bulbs on the other side of my house in an area where an ugly old juniper shrub once stood. Now I can see flowers from my one tiny west-facing kitchen window (the result of an addition 30 years ago that put the kitchen in the center of the house with little natural light). Those first flowers will be a happy yellow.
Yesterday morning, a "fuse" blew on a power pole just half a block from here, and I was without electricity for more than 3 hours. It was morning, chilly outside, and the rain was coming --- again. I felt a desperate need to take a photograph, to find something delightful in this gray spring landscape. I did. It will be wonderful when all those yellow blooms are open to the sun.
I played with textures but decided straight out of the camera was the best.