Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

Spring has Sprung!


Mim over at MimKnits wants to see our favorite harbingers of spring. I haven’t had much time to go out and take photos this spring (although it has definitely sprung here!) I took this photo of a bud on a star magnolia tree in Portland on the 16th of March. The tree was already in full bloom which is one of the things I love about Oregon, allergies notwithstanding.

star magnolia bud

My one consistently favorite sign of spring is the budding of the crocuses on campus. Here’s a shot from last spring, taken in mid-February.


and a saucer magnolia (tulip tree):

saucer magnolia

and some cherry blossoms:

Cherry blossoms


  1. Irie

    Very nice! I love spring in Oregon.. and the tulip tree happens to be my fave. nice photos 🙂

  2. mom

    Well, here in Maine, I finally saw a robin last week. Things are running a bit late this year. No spring for us, just early MUD season

  3. Jodie

    Yeah spring! What a great idea, I’m going to have to take a few photos around my yard, even if it’s still a mud pit.

  4. Amy

    we have discussed moving to Oregon at some undetermined point in the future, I think I might have to email my husband this post and let him see all the flowers he is missing. He has been busy designing the landscape for our garden.