Night is brushed aside like so much cobweb. The day is wound up and begins even before the last haunted dreams, the last of the fog, those spectral and evanescent residues, have faded away.

Gregory Maguire, After Alice

That 2017 is setting records for the coldest and wettest spring in pacific northwest history goes a long way toward explaining my confusion when I walked out our backdoor and into a scene that is expected in fall but unheard of in May. Nothing is following a normal schedule – my April blooming lilac opened yesterday, the flowering plum tree still has a few tired blooms and here we have fiery red maple leaves below a surprise spring fog in an evanescent combination of seasons and textures.

Evanescent:  tending to vanish like vapor.  merriam-webster.com

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Evanescent.

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  1. Same down here in the S.F. area. Tuesday was in the high 80s and today it is 69. Weeds have been growing everywhere in the gardens. Strange winter and spring indeed.

  2. Beautiful autumnal leaves in spring. It sounds like weather can’t make up its mind to stay warm or be a bit cool. It’s almost winter here in Australia and we are having quite mild weather 🙂 Next week is supposed to be cooler and hoping it’s a quick winter for us 🙂

  3. Same here in the Gorge. Lilac just started to bloom. Very warm Monday and Tuesday, then Wednesday cloudy and very cool. At least the rain spigot has turned off.

    1. An end to the constant rain has been welcome indeed! I’ll take dry and cool over wet anytime. 😊. Good to hear you’ve finally got your lilacs.

  4. Yes, on the East Coast the weather continues to seesaw. Invasive have arrived in droves. And a weird cicada appeared. Welcome to the effects of climate change. Lots of rain and cool and then hot and cool again. Strangely, the garden is very happy. Your autumnal maple is brilliant and gorgeous.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Sally. I heard about the strange appearance of early cicadas, makes me wonder what else is coming our way…. you’re right about the gardens, even if ours is late everything is very happy. The weeds have never looked better. 😬

  5. Even though we have seasons that return — and perhaps this shock of red will, too — there are no guarantees. Just makes me realize how fleeting life is. And how much I need to notice the little things that won’t be here forever.

    1. Stay as cool as you can, Lisa! We’ve finally got some sunshine this weekend, I’m sure your sunny wishes had something to do with it. 🙂

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