Early in April we took advantage of some sunshine and drove to Southeast Portland to spend several hours at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
More than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas and companion plants grow in the Garden. We have found they provide a magnificent display of color early in the year.
However, if you are planning to visit the Garden to see the rhododendrons at their finest, I would recommend waiting for early May.
Spring-fed Crystal Springs Lake surrounds much of the Garden attracting many species of waterfowl and animals too.
Canada geese and various species of ducks kept us company as we wandered through the Garden.
I was somewhat envious of the Reed College students who literally can walk across the street and enjoy the flowers.
It reminded me of a valuable secret: Beauty is all around us if we just take the time to look.