…because the paper-white narcissi are in bloom! I took this photo along a dirt roadside today.
These flowers (Narcissus papyraceus) are one of my favorites, first because they’re such early bloomers, and second because they’re so easily overlooked. The white irises are also blooming along roadsides now, and being so much larger and more showy, they’re the flowers everybody notices. But the paper-whites are small and don’t demand attention — that is, until you stick your nose in one. Then it grabs you by the collar and pulls you in. It’s not really a nice flower smell, but it’s a memorable one, and I’m probably a bit weird in liking it so much.
Spring is here! And the almond trees are bursting into bloom, too.