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Favorites Wednesday — Dogwood Trees

 Dogwood trees are some of my favorite trees that grow locally.  Not only do they have really neat flat foliage, but their flowers are large and elegant.  We have a gorgeous drive in to our closest town where there is a dogwood forest.  Since they are just starting to bloom, I’m hoping to go back in about a week to see their progress and hopefully get some photos of the forest in bloom.  They are definitely eye candy for me.

This photo was taken yesterday at around 3:30 pm.  There are more in my flickr photostream if you wanna go take a peek.  Just click on “More Photos.”

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.