Monday, March 19, 2012

Southern California

I was in the Redlands, California, area for a couple of days last week, and though I had little time for sightseeing, I did get out for a walk one evening and again the next morning, and had opportunity to take a few photos as well, mostly of wildflowers.  I had no way of identifying the wildflowers and have made no further effort to do so.  If anyone wants to help the help would be most welcome.  I stayed with a friend in Mentone and the pictures were taken near his home.


In the Garden


Spider with Prey


  1. the 4th yellow flower appears to be small flowered fiddleneck Amsinckia menziesii or a close species.

    I would suspect the purple one to be a Amsinckia as well

    it is in the Borage group

    I find them more on the dry side than here in western washington, I first met them at Catherine Creek

    1. Thanks, Marti. I've seen the Yellow Fiddleneck at Manastash and thought this was the same, but am reluctant to identify southern California wildflowers with a Washington book. Thaqnks for looking, though, and I'll follow up the leads when I have a chance.

  2. Ron,
    I'm so envious.
    We are all paved over with snow in Edmonton and these photographs are utterly painful now. I can't begin to tell you how hard it is to endure the near spring that has now disappeared (and what about our poor Canada geese that are freezing to death as I speak?) It is now ten times worse a torture enduring the snow clipped garden and landscape after seeing these blooms. Are you sure you just didn't pop into a florist's store and photograph flowers there?

    I love the sun burst through the cloud pictures--such a revelation --of light in the darkness!

    I could not see the prey of the spider --is it already eaten?

    The long funnels of yellow flower are neat. They look like yellow cigarettes.

    The blue flowers are especially welcome.
    Thanks for this burst of blooming for those of stuck in the frozen skating rinks of Edmonton.

    1. Julie,
      Spring has been really slow in coming here also. Mount Baker has 10 feet of snow in six days last week, and though we haven't had but a few flurries down lower, it's been cold and rainy. We drove to Spokane Wednesday night and back this morning. Wednesday night it snowed almost all the way there and the passes and roads were awful. Today was a very good day - sunny and warm but almost the first spring-like day we've had yet.

  3. Hi Ron,

    It is going to be spring soon! I just know it. Under all this snow--the scilla are rising up and by the marsh---the Canada geese are tiptoes and slide ---but they are here.

    I am glad you have sun. We are still in the torpor of darkness.

    1. Hi Julie,
      Today was really the first day of spring here - bits of color and the sunshine were reminders that it can't stay away forever.

  4. Hi Ron,

    Thanks for the nice comments (always) on my blog. You're a sweetie.

    I can't believe the torrential pour of photographs on your blogs--every single one of them are poems.

    I've given up posting pictures on my blog after viewing your family's work.

    There is no point. I might as well just use your photographs!

    1. Why give up - it took me 30 years to get where I am, and with digital cameras anyone can take good photos. Don't mind, though, that you use mine. It's always a bit of an adventure to see which one you've used and what you've written about it.

  5. We live rather close to this area. I suppose there's beauty everywhere. I guess I need to take a closer look.

    1. Beauty everywhere is something we've discovered in our hiking. Even if we don't find what we went out to look for we always find something worth stopping for and worth photographing. Thus, by the way, the title of this blog.


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