I spent the weekend teaching at the Wenatchee River Institute, in Leavenworth, Washington. The theme was spring landscapes, and I had some doubts about how many spring wildflower we would see. I was fortunate to get directions and advice from one of the students, Connie MCauley, who will be leading a wildflower walk next week for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and thanks to her we discovered a treasure
trove of flowers. The class drove out to see a whole slope of glacier lilies...there were also many Oregon anemones and trillium there. We sat there for a couple of hours, really just lying in the sun in the meadow, studying the lilies and the surrounding landscape, sketching and painting. What a beautiful morning! Driving home through a heavy rainstorm at Blewett and Snoqualmie Pass, it was hard to feel at all unhappy! Another glorious spring sight was the unfurling of the cottonwood leaves along the Wenatchee River--those new leaves always make me think of the Robert Frost poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay." A favorite line is "Nature's first green is gold/her hardest hue to hold." It seems that early green is gone in an instant. I was so grateful to be there to see it. Many thanks to the great people at the Wenatchee River Institute and the wonderful group of students.