It seems only fitting to post some California poppies. These are from last year (you can see the date below). While some people are driving miles and miles to see amazing flowers, these were a walk away from my home. No, there weren’t as many as you’d find elsewhere, but I didn’t have to get in a car!
On occasion, I think I’ll write a wee it about the goodnight flower. This one is a flower I first discovered while out on a walk in our neighborhood. A corner house had a very unkempt yard that was just full of these. (The house itself was in ill repair.) As I was shooting them an older man came out of the house. I commented, “I love these flowers! Do you know what they are?” He looked at me with a bit of surprise and said something like, “I’m glad someone likes them! This is my brother’s house and I’m just helping him out at the moment.” I could tell he was puzzled that anyone would like what I’m going to guess many in the neighborhood thought of as weeds. And yes, I suppose they are weeds for a lot of people. But I found them stunning.
Images don’t always give the viewer a clue about how large or small a flower is. These are rather small: I wish I’d measured them (note to self: you really should carry a ruler with you!). The red is tricky to capture, and they are so light that any bit of breeze and I won’t get a bit of the flower in focus.
The wildflower, Linum grandiflorum, is also known as scarlet or crimson flax.
Asclepias cordifolia (II), 6.11.18
Yosemite Penstemon (III), 6.11.18
Sierra Lupine (II), 6.10.18
Yosemite Penstemon (II), 6.11.18
Harlequin Lupine, 6.11.18