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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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Sunday Stills — Flowers & Plants; Lupine

For this week’s challenge over at Sunday Stills, Ed gave us yet another subject that I love — Flowers & Plants. 

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I have a favorite patch of Lupine that grows near by at our local lake.  I found the patch last May and went to check and see if the flowers were blooming yet, especially with all the hot weather we’d been having the week before.

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Fortunately for us here in Northern California, we’ve been getting some rain and it let up enough for me to take photos of my patch of lupine leaving beautiful little diamonds on their leaves.

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Though my patch isn’t quite in full bloom yet, I plan to go back for more photos this coming week hopefully in the morning when the light starts to filter through the trees.

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Taking my daughter with me to look at the pretty flowers is always fun as everything is so new in her eyes.  Of course, like any little girl, she wants to pick them too…

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It is a flower’s fate, to be grasped by a little girl’s hands.

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Isn’t it interesting how we can get so bored with life and the things that are made by human hands but we never tire of seeing another sunset, sunrise, spring, or fall?

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I really don’t believe that’s by chance.

Enjoy your Sunday!