And here are some photos of the festivities taken before I started work today at the Greenwood Branch Library, right in the midst of the color and cool cars:

2014 Greenwood Car Show, Seattle

2014 Greenwood Car Show, Seattle

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I remember these baby car seats from my childhood!

I remember these baby car seats from my childhood!

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Tough guy car

Tough guy car

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“Spring is the awaited season. . . . Not a season at all but a longing.  At my age it is natural to ask:  how many more times shall I witness this waiting?  The waiting is for a new beginning.  It is not a question of the year being young but of the offer of choices again.  In the winter of discontent, there are not choices.”
— John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket

Tulip field, Skagit Valley

Tulip field, Skagit Valley

Last year in April I was in the Netherlands seeking the elusive tulip — elusive because unseasonably cold weather delayed the blooms until the very end of the month.  This year I was content to travel closer to home.  The Skagit Valley, about an hour’s drive north of Seattle, hosts a month-long Tulip Festival every April.  And many fields are in peak bloom right now.  I never tire of the spectacular, jewel-toned flower fields, so different from the corn and oats and soy bean fields of my Midwest childhood.

Here are some photos from the 2014 growing season:

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