Some gardeners believe the first crocus in bloom is the official harbinger of spring. Other folks wait until the spring equinox.
The local meteorologists contend spring occurs when the average daily temperature exceeds 50 degrees, the third week of February usually.
For me, spring begins when I see the first wildflower. Last year it was the third weekend of January. This year it was the last weekend of February. It’s been a cold and wet winter.
The wildflower (a prairie star) was spotted in the eastern portion of the Columbia River Gorge in the Mosier area.
It was the only wildflower I saw in bloom. Although, I did spot many blacktail deer feeding at the lower elevations while hiking nearby.