When telling people I’m from Florida, I’m often asked, “Why did you move to Oregon?” in incredulous tones.

Here are a few of the reasons:

Lilies at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem

Cherries in bloom at the state capitol

Tulip fields in Woodburn

Nepali gwarcha, chutney, and chai at Lincoln City

Beach (also, my finger) at Oceanlake

Tiny waterfall pouring into the Salmon River