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Yellow lupine, for a change

I’ve been noticing, on my drives to the Big City, a striking yellow lupine that has most likely been seeded as it grows in a newly constructed area.

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I finally took the advantage of not having anyone with me in the truck yesterday evening to stop and take some photos.  I’m sure glad I did, as I think I might have missed the opportunity if I waited much longer.

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I love the one above… I’m hoping to do a watercolor treatment to the photograph.  My favorite part about it is the bokeh in the background of blue lupines and California poppies.

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I also played a bit with the yellow lupine being the bokeh in the background of the blue.  Kind of a fun look on things, I think.

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And the last that I’ll post (more in my Flickr account) that is a favorite because of the texture the leaves provide for bokeh in this background.

This time of year is so hard for me while driving.  I’m safe as I’d rather not get into an accident while staring at flowers along the roadside but I would much rather be riding along so that I can stare!

My mom and I found a few neat native flowers growing up on the side of a dirt road near by her house. 

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This is called Star Flower (for obvious reasons) and it grows in family groupings of low growing plants. 

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The grouping of leaves around the dainty flowers just grabs me.  I adore these flowers!  I’m so happy that I had come back to the place I had noticed just the beautiful leaves along the bank, only to discover that they bloom!

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And of course, the Dogwood trees are in full bloom.  I just love these trees, the blossoms are so attractive, especially in the shaded areas that they grow.

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And the above is a Hawthorn tree that my mom has bought for herbal properties.  They are lovely trees!  A member of the rose family which is quite obvious.

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And a different take on some Clematis at a friend’s house…

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More of these also in my Flickr account.  I hope you enjoy my new wanderings with my very beloved macro lens!

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Trinity Flowers

We’ve been having some beautiful flowers popping up around here locally.  We haven’t had much of a spring as far as rain goes, but boy did we ever get snow!  Our snow pack in The Alps is still in excellent condition and we thank God for that, as we’d be bound to have drying creeks come September like last year.

But, with the dry weather, has come some beautiful wild flowers.  Go figure.  I thought April showers brought May flowers.  So, if you are up around here and you see some lady driving around and all of a sudden pulling over only to jump out of a truck with camera in hand, you’ll know why.  

And just for the sake of having them all in one post, you may see some repeat photos from previous shoots, such as my Shooting Stars, they’re dried up and off to seed now.

Below is a lupine leaf on our property.  We have about the only large lupines in our county although they’re found west of us more toward the coast.  I am waiting almost impatiently for these guys to bloom because of their very large blue flowers.  Each plant has around five or six blooms at a time.  I’m thinking they’ll be gracing us with their presence around the beginning of June.

I do have a wonderful neighbor, a kind little lady, whom grows the most gorgeous garden.  So I’ve had to visit although there aren’t a lot of things blooming right now, I was able to take some photos of her Dogwood trees and her Bleeding Hearts.  There will be many more tasty things as the weather warms and things recover from being frosted.

Here’s a Clematis vine that grows up her arbor and actually reminds me of a Columbine.

This Western Red bud is a native of our area.  It blooms like crazy in late April or so and the country side is lit up by its beautiful purple blooms. 

And these delicate beauties are just starting to come out.  They are a wild Iris that grows in the forest in DG (decomposed granite) soil.  I guess they don’t need much nutrition to grow… my kind of flower.

And this little blue lupine is the very small kind that grows on the roadways.  Much tinier than his big brother who’ll be popping out soon, but just as delicate and beautiful.

More flowers to come… Some are just blooming and others are going back to the earth in some form or another.  They’re fun to photograph.