The willows are in full flower. Since willows here are pretty tiny, growing horizontally rather than vertically for the most part (although they seem to be trying to grow up a bit as the climate warms), the flowers really stand out, since they are about twice as high as the plants themselves. I’m not sure they are really any bigger than flowers on willows elsewhere, but they are definitely more noticeable.
Once you notice them, it turns out they are really quite beautiful in their own quiet way. The light was great this afternoon, a high bright fog, so I took a few pictures.