I’ve been posting a lot of images of roses lately, but I think that zinnias are my favorite flower — and today I stumbled upon a whole garden full of them — including one determined plant growing wild in a patch of dried weeds, just across the street.
Life is always better when you have something to look forward to — no matter how small that something might be. Right now, I’m looking forward to my vacation in mid August. In fact, I’m so obsessed with my upcoming adventure that I’ve actually got a countdown app on my phone! That seemed like a fun idea at the time […]
Even if I’m not lucky enough to spot a blacktail deer while hiking near Lake Natoma, there are still plenty of great details for my camera — if I keep my eyes and my mind open.
Flowering maple, also known as Temple Bells (one of my favorites). I found these in Sacramento’s Capitol Park: A couple of local wildflowers — telegraph weed, AKA golden aster seen at Beals Point, Folsom Lake (above) and an unidentified plant growing alongside the American River (below): Wild chicory, growing near the Lake Natoma Crossing: These Lantana berries growing beside Leidesdorff […]
When you’re hiking along a hot, dusty trail on a summer day, it’s always wonderful to come across a cool stream running across your path, bubbling and singing as it drops down to the lake below. The combination of welcoming shade, colorful wildflowers, and sometimes even a few nice, sweet berries makes it possible to continue on down the trail. […]
What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet, Long live the weeds and the wildness yet — Gerard Manley Hopkins
I’m not sure if this plant is a wild onion, but it’s very abundant right now in the areas where I’ve been hiking, near Negro Bar State Park. It likes the sun and so is a little difficult to photograph, but I think the colors come across well here. I chose the name Maglia Rosa in honor of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, which started last weekend and runs until May 28. I haven’t been able to watch the race on TV — although I’m cheering for my perennial favorite (see what I did there?), Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. He may not get a chance to wear the Maglia Rosa (the pink leader’s jersey) this year, but hope, like wildflowers, springs eternal.