Zinnia elegans

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.

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Local colors

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 […]

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A cool respite

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. […]

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Maglia Rosa

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 theĀ 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.

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