• Michael O'Keeffe

Gallery: Spring Forward

Most of the country is currently in the grips of a significant cold spell with temperatures looking to continue to get colder over the next week. Here in Seattle we may not see highs above freezing later this week, something that does not happen very often given our proximity to the ocean. There is even a possibility of snow throughout the next week in Seattle which I am rather excited about, although I am learning trying to get snow in Seattle requires essentially all the planets in the Solar System to align during a solar eclipse while Mercury is in retrograde. That is an exaggeration, but basically typically the scenario is there is moisture, but not enough cold air. Or there is cold air, but not enough moisture. We shall see I suppose.

Anyway, there is a point here and that is I am ready for spring, scratch that I am ready for summer, but I'll take spring in the meantime. To curb the winter blues here is a gallery of some of my favorite photos I've taken during the spring season.


Cholla cactus sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
Sunrise over spring wildflowers among Cholla cactus in Joshua Tree National Park in California.
Lupine bloom at sunset in Big Sur, California.
Lupine above the foggy Pacific in Big Sur.
A hiker in an old growth forest in Olympic National Park in Washington.
An enchanting old growth forest in Olympic National Park in Washington.
Spring at Point Lobos in California.
Spring at Point Lobos in California.
Montana de Oro State Park in California.
The rugged coast of Montana de Oro on California's central coast.
Yucca bloom in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
A yucca bloom in Joshua Tree National Park in California.
Camping above Big Sur in Ventana Wilderness in California.
Camping high above Big Sur in the Ventana Wilderness in California.
Balsamroot bloom at spring in Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.
Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.
A hiker on beach at night in Olympic National Park in Washington.
A starry night on a cold spring evening on the wild Olympic coast in Washington.
A hiker in a coastal forest in Ecola State Park in Oregon.
A misty coastal forest in Oregon.
Camping under the Sawtooth Range near Stanley, Idaho in spring.
Camping under the mighty Sawtooths in Idaho in spring.
Waves crash on dramatic cliffs in Oswald West State Park in Oregon.
Waves crash on the dramatic cliffs of Oregon's coast.
Poppies bloom during a rare spring superbloom in the coastal hills near Chino Hills, CA.
Poppies bloom during a superbloom in SoCal.
A hiker in a misty coastal forest in Oswald West State Park in Oregon.
More hiking through misty coastal forest in Oregon.
The rugged Big Sur coast on a spring afternoon in California.
A foggy afternoon in Big Sur.
Sunrise in Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho.
Wild sunrise colors in Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho.
A hiker at sunset among blooming yucca and lupine in the Ventana Wilderness near Big Sur, California.
Lupine and yucca bloom on a grassy ridge in the Ventana Wilderness in California.
A deer on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in Washington.
A deer wanders a ridgeline in front of the snowy Olympic Range in Washington.
Sun breaks through the clouds during a spring superbloom at Carrizo Plains National Monument in California.
The sun breaks through the clouds during a spring "superbloom" in central California
Spring wildflowers in a remote corner of Joshua Tree National Park, California.
Spring wildflowers bloom over the stark desert hills of Joshua Tree National Park in California.
View of coastal hills from Cerro Alto after winter rains near San Luis Obispo, California.
Heavy winter rains turn the coastal hills of Central California verdant green.
A hiker in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park in California.
Exploring the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park in California in the early spring.
Sunrise over the coastal hills near Paso Robles, California.
A misty sunrise over the coastal hills near Paso Robles, California.
McWay Falls near Big Sur, California.
McWay Falls on the Big Sur coast.
Sunset at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
The rugged badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota in May.
Koosh Falls and the McKenzie River in Oregon.
The jet blue McKenzie River tumbles over Koosah Falls on a rainy afternoon in central Oregon.
Above the clouds at sunrise looking at Mount Shasta from the Castle Crags Wilderness in northern California.
Above the clouds on a chilly late spring morning near Mount Shasta in northern California.
Rainbow next to Multnomah Falls in Oregon.
Spring showers reveal a rainbow next to Multnomah Falls, Oregon's tallest.
Sunrise over blooming prairie grasses in eastern Kansas.
A very old photo (circa 2010) of a humid sunrise from where I grew up in eastern Kansas.
Wheat field at sunset in Kansas.
Another oldie from 2013 of a wheat field under a colorful sunset on the flat plains of Kansas.
Foggy valley in Cascades of northern California.
Fog fills a valley beneath the snowy Cascades of northern California on a calm April morning.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua trees in their namesake park on a perfect April evening.
Old growth forest in spring in North Cascades National Park in Washington.
Flowers bloom in an old growth forest in the low elevations of North Cascades National Park in Washington.
Wildflowers above Pacific Ocean near Big Sur, California.
Wildflowers bloom on a ridge high above the foggy Pacific Ocean near Big Sur in California.
Wildflowers in Montana de Oro State Park in California.
Coastal wildflower blooms in Montana de Oro on California's central coast.
Big Sur, California
A misty April morning on the sunny coast of Big Sur in California.
A spring superbloom occurs in the Chino Hills in southern California.
Wildflowers cover the coastal hills of SoCal.
Sunrise over the Sawtooth Range in Idaho in spring.
Colorful sunrise over the jagged Sawtooth Range in Idaho in May.
Wildflowers bloom during a superbloom in Carrizo Plain National Monument in California.
Wildflowers dot the rolling hills of central California during a rare spring "superbloom".
Colorful sunrise in Carrizo Plain National Monument in California.
Colorful sunrise over the Carrizo Plain in central California.

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