Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wildflower season!

Time to showcase some of my favorite spring wildlfowers, okay, technically I guess 'peaches' aren't wildflowers but.... they are pretty!!

These photos are some of the hundreds of pictures I have taken over the years since living up here. I have so many it was hard to narrow it down but I thought I would post some of my favorites that have been seen here before, and some that haven't. I do have more I am hoping to put up in a 'part two' post later.

Hope you enjoy them!

This is a Wallflower. Not too plain is it? And hardy! This one is literally growing out of the moss in the middle of a giant boulder next to our road. They are seen on the hills in bright yellows and oranges.

No spring flower showcase would be complete without peach blossoms!

This is an Indian Paintbrush. I liked this one because it was taken the year after a terrible fire up in our canyon. You can see the striking contrast between the black, skeletal remains of a woody plant, and the green of new growth.

This is a Lupine, they come in blue and white, and blue as well as the purple seen here. They are all over the place, and I was well known by my neighbors after first moving up here by my fanny up in the air while I crawled on my hands and knees pulling up each and every one frantically before my alpaca girls got here. They are toxic and had sprung up literally two days before their arrival!

The Antelope Valley in 2003 (2004??)

Purple ...... hmmm.. for the life of me I can't remember what these are, and I can't find my book! I always call them "Jane's Flowers" because when my best friend Jane died a few years back these were EVERYWHERE on the mountain, never before or since has there been such a display. I gathered up enough to fill 15 vases for her memorial service. It was the very least I could do for her.

Poppies in the Antelope Valley. The road to nowhere....
Hope you enjoyed these!