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California poppies in WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Hillside of California poppies in Port Townsend, WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)


It’s an Old Testament word, a command urged in beloved hymns.

And yet.

When we stumbled upon this hidden hillside in Port Townsend, tucked away behind the historic district, it was the first word that came to mind.


Sunshine catches in the petals of California poppies in a way that seems supernatural.

We photographed this wild hillside from this angle, and that angle, thanking God and gardeners for such a lovely tangle of color beside an empty parking lot.

CA poppies in WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

CA poppies in WA: Is there a more sunny color in nature? (Hadi Dadashian photo)

And that word — rejoice! — became an earworm all day, touching everything with gratitude.