In the height of this dry, dry summer, looking back on the green leaves and bright red berries of the toyon is quite refreshing.
I have a small batch of ever-expanding freesias in my front yard. Every spring, there they are. Using Velvia 100 slide film, these are the results. Today, the flowers are gone, but their leaves remain behind, returning the nutrients to the bulbs for next year.
Christmas berries – also known as Toyon – is a California plant with bright, red edible berries which are good in apple pie. ‘Tis the season to see them!
I cannot recall the name of this flower, but it is large and tall if I remember correctly, part of a stalk of flowers. The symmetry and curves of the petals are what catch the eye.
These photos in the “texture” series are from several years ago on a walk through the neighborhood. They were taken with a little point-and-shoot camera with limited capabilities, but they still provide visual viewing pleasure for me. More bits and pieces of things, rather than the grand vista . . .
After spending the day at Mesa Verde National Park, we headed to Cortez for a late meal. Walking toward the restaurant, I came across this display. With their spicy scent, soft green leaves, and cheerful flowers, geraniums always make my day!
The high desert is a place filled with a variety of plants and geological formations. Right now, we are in the 4 Corners area, about 20 miles outside of Durango, Colorado. Here is a plant I found underneath the pinon and juniper trees.