Found this peony farm between Portland and Corvallis in Oregon. The flowers were beautiful! Unfortunately, the rest were about two weeks late in blooming due to unseasonably cold weather. Acres of flower buds, but just a few blooms... Too bad we're not staying another week! Did enjoy the flowers that were blooming though. And we got Greg a new ride ;)
We went to Big Island in March with Mom & Dad. Just a day trip, which was tons of fun. We knew there were a few things we really wanted to do, but in between it was a relaxing time during which we enjoyed the scenery and time together.
Ginger, anthurium, and other flowers at the Farmer's Market.
Mom was impressed with the selection...
Greg eating a fruit. Forgot the name, but it's a cousin of lychee.
Yum! Love the colors of the sign, too.
Mom remembered this lady's stand from 7 years ago, because she ships Hawaii flowers to the mainland. Mom ordered a bunch to be delivered when they returned home from their trip. Poor Dad was broke before the day even started!
Beautiful Rainbow Falls. Love that Big Island has such stark differences in landscape.
The active vents of the volcano. Pu'u o'o is seen on the right side, and the orange areas on the left are new sulfur deposits from Kamoamoa eruptions. Unfortunately, the eruptions (reaching 80 ft. in the air) stopped three days before we went.
Even though this house/ranch is surrounded on all sides by active lava fields, this place is still sought after by people with $$$, who go there for a retreat. You have to be flown in and out of here. Pretty amazing.
The beautiful colors of the coastline next to the stark contrast of fresh lava fields and new vegetation. Amazing colors.
You can see a road in the middle of the photo that abruptly ends in the lava field. This is where we drove to and took the pictures seen in the next post. End of the highway.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters... the best option for touring Big Island. Dad used to fly for this company.
At the lava fields... You could feel the intense heat rising between cracks in the ground.
Unbelievable to think the land we were standing on was only a few weeks old...
Love the way you can see how the lava moved as it cooled...
A family shot on the newest part of the US... literally.
God brings destruction and then new life... These plants are normally one of the first to populate a lava field, after ferns. It's a red Ohia, and believed to represent the goddess Pele, thus being red like fresh lava.