Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. The open meadows are spattered yellow with arrowleaf balsam root, the hillsides are verdant green, and the magnificent leaves of big leaf maple are not so big right now, as they unfurl fresh and delicate from their protective buds.

We took advantage of this magnificent spring day and walked amongst the wildflowers at Rowena Crest and again at the Mosier Tunnels. The flowers were a feast for eyes and cameras and the air was filled with bird song.

The Draper Girls Farm was a stunning foreground element for the viewing of Mount Hood.  Clear skies and balmy temperatures made for a memorable day exploring the Hood River Valley.