Local Color, Quietly Evolving

“When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots – it is not yet painting Spring.”

Dogen, Plum Blossoms; Baika.

Dogen, Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen. Edited by Kazuaki Tanashi. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1985.

Rosy pink buds on a Red Huckleberry bush (Vaccinium parvifolium) grace its smooth green twigs.

In the forest, Sword fern (Polystichum munitum), Salal (Gaultheria shallon) and moss, though evergreen, are looking more verdant these days.

The bark of a noble old Western Red Cedar glows with color.

Under a sunlit Fir and Hemlock canopy, a fern lined mountain stream tumbles quickly over mossy rocks.

Away from the forest, a slough behind the tiny town of Edison reflects a promising cerulean sky.

In town, blue sky bounces off a window as green grass pushes through last year’s dry stalks.

On a high spot in a field, an old Big Leaf Maple festooned with mosses and Licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza), shines greener each day.

Delicate lichens adorning the branches of smaller trees reach toward increasing light.

Along Puget Sound the rocks have their own colors.

And as the sun sets beyond Samish Island, the clouds seem a little pinker as the waves softly roll in.


I enjoy sharing images. But please take Dogen’s advice and feel-see-smell-hear

this subtle, in-between season for yourself, before it passes.

Information about Dogen, a thirteenth century Japanese Zen teacher, can be found here.

The photographs were taken within the last week or so at these locations near Seattle, Washington: on Samish Island, in the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area in Carnation, in Edison, and at Wallace Falls State Park.

The Edison photos were taken with a phone (Android); the others with a Sony Nex 3.


    • Thank you. I am beginning to think there’s something magical about this area. The last one – well, it’s literally pretty far from my actual home, but I know what you mean, and I thank you for commenting. You ave a good one (as they say in NYC, where I used to live) too!


  1. As always, Lynn, I’m in awe of your photography. I adore the moss and licorice fern on the Big Leaf Maple, the pink buds on the huckleberry bush, the stream under the hemlocks, and that barn. I love Washington state and all its lushness. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for taking me, from the land of brown, to such a green luscious place. 🙂


  2. Such contrasts between the American PNW and the dry Mideast, eh? But both have their fabulous views and interesting scenes, and you’re always capturing them in Oman. I really enjoy seeing tat. If I drive about 2, 2 1/2 hours over the mountains here, I can be in a very dry landscape – nothing like yours, but completely unlike this area. Gas is pricey though!


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