Whenever we get cabin fever during shelter-in-place Covid-19 orders, we get out and drive, and explore new bits around us. This was in a split-level park, with different plateaus connected by walking paths. Here, a bit of ground cover at the edge of a level, butting up against the spring mustard blooms. Not exciting as far as scenery, but a pleasant little neighborhood park we had not seen before. Well, sort of a neighborhood park – 30 miles away!
I went for a hike the other day at noon. Silly thing to do in the heat! Still, it was a great thing to do, moving from watery creeks to woodland and then into the heat of the chaparral. Shade became a goal after a point, and under a tree I found this lovely bush. No idea what it is, but it was quite lovely.
This is one of my favorite shrubs in California – the Fremontia – it blooms for a short period, and the bright yellow blossoms make a dramatic presentation. Always worth finding!
On a rainy day . . .
I have no idea what kind of flower this is, but it is strange to see in a field of dried grasses and weeds. Its luxuriant and big – large, fuzzy green leaves and flowers that are about 5 inches across. It’s a viney-like critter.
Camera here is the small and mighty Olympus XA4, Fuji Pro 400H film, and home-scanned using a Pakon 135 NonPlus. Some post.
It’s amazing to see colors splashed across the hillsides surrounding the California Poppy Reserve! Fields of yellow and orange, meadows of purple.