It’s wildflower season!

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2012 May 6

Well, no, this isn’t a wildflower.

It’s one of two ringneck snakes I saw on my 20-mile Saturday hike. Question: how can it be a ringneck snake when snakes have no necks?

Notice the bright orange underbelly.

Here’s the venue, as seen just before reaching the parking lot on the return trip. The hike starts at Montebello open space preserve, whose parking lot is just off the picture to the left, goes down Stevens Canyon, which is the low area to the right (looking down the San Andreas rift zone, by the way), climbs out to Saratoga Summit and returns on the high country to the right of the picture.

And a great day it was for wildflowers. The bees agree!

Understand, of course, that wildflower viewing is a matter of appreciating the minuscule! Some of these are less than half a centimeter across, and I only saw a lot of the detail after I put the fotos up on the big screen at home.

For example, the serrated edges. You  — well, certainly I — would never have noticed that without a close-up foto.

I’m not sure this qualifies as a wildflower, but it certainly illustrates, along with the one below, that they don’t have to be colourful to be beautiful.

This is one of my favourites, the stamen peeking out from behind the petals!

Cluster flowers often appear to be just patches of (in this case) white. You usually don’t see the detail.

And these fluffy pink little guys — who would ever have guessed that they have fuzzy little clown faces?

Again, we often view something like this as a single large (2 cm or so) patch of colour, with a different-coloured center. But look at the detail in the center!

We need to be careful photographing these flowers — they’re poison oak. And speaking of oak, not the poison kind…

On Sunday, Jacky and I went to Edgewood park, which is renowned for its spring wildflowers, and found a few more to photograph.

Another California poppy, again host to an insect, some sort of leafhopper.

This one would be hard pressed to span half a centimeter!

And here’s a Las Vegas starburst that you would only think was dust until you looked closely.

A really beautiful time of year.

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One Response to “It’s wildflower season!”

  1. mikeosbornphoto Says:

    Lovely set of wildflower captures. You can keep the snake, though!

    Like

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