Saturday, May 9, 2009

Love those Spring photo opportunities

First item....There will also be apricots. They're already growing. Hmmm. I think we all know what this beautiful weed is...

Heavenly scented Viburnum

Also heavenly scented, but a little more common Lilac

Just a few yards from the MRR, there is a hillside covered with Arrowleaf Balsam Root. Beautiful Yellow flowers. They are not CALLED sunflowers, but in fact they ARE a in, they follow the sun.

To get this awesome photo, I had to lie down on the ground and physically turn the flower away from the the sun to get the backlighting.
This lovely little flower I am fairly sure is Foothill Death Camas. As in, it is extremely toxic and has caused death in animals and humans (who mistakenly ate the bulbs thinking they were Camas Lilies the edible kind).
Another view of the Death Camas. I didn't realize what it was until I got home and looked in the Wildflower book.
A charming view of the Carpet Phlox (what cuties!)

This shrub/tree is presently not identified. It is the only tree around that has brilliant red leaves in the spring! Guesses anyone??

Serviceberry blossoms...pretty now, but wait til they turn into obnoxious little dark purple splotches all over everything courtesy of the birds.
June grass in May....
Hmmm... Bones by the MRR. Possibly a deer.


Sue said...

How I envy you but delight in seeing your pictures. You do everything, (except horses...never had one)..I enjoy but am physically limited from doing now... I still dabble with fragrances and beading and some quilting but those long walks in the fields to gather treasures are lost to me. I enjoyed your blog and will visit again. I live in Alabama.

CowboyBob said...

It is really an adventure to open our eyes and see what is just happening around us. You are getting really good with the camera eye.

Desertbound said...

We've been hiking all over the foothills as well (training for our little hike in 2 weeks)and I have loved enjoying all the spring flowers. Especially the yellow! So bright and cheery.

Sayyadina said...

I really enjoyed looking at these pictures. You are blossoming in photography! Love.