Category: Spring

Lava Beds May Wildflowers

I noticed this sweet, diminutive flower blooming alongside the Big Nasty Trail near the Lava Beds National Monument border with the Modoc National Forest. This is a native annual plant found throughout the west. Apparently, it has also been present in Vermont – my… Continue Reading “Lava Beds May Wildflowers”

Pacific Northwest Series Photo 3

We’ve been watching this trio for the past week. They like hanging out on the post and rail fence that marks the cliff edge at our campsite and spend lots of time grooming each other!

Coastal Bush Lupine

I found this gem growing on the banks near the Point Reyes Lighthouse in Point Reyes National Seashore. In early March, this plant was just beginning to bloom. It was a foggy, misty day and the flowers and foliage were covered with water droplets!… Continue Reading “Coastal Bush Lupine”

Miniature Lupine

I found this little gem growing in patches in the hillside meadows surrounding Lake Mendocino in California. As the botanical name suggests, the flowers are two-toned – blue and white. The plant is native from California to British Columbia and reaches a height of… Continue Reading “Miniature Lupine”

Salmonberry

I first noticed this plant last week during our slow ascent up the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California. We pulled into the Lewis and Clark National Historic Site in Astoria, OR to take a short break from driving before continuing on to our… Continue Reading “Salmonberry”

Pleasant Pemetic

The Rhodora In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,To please the desert and the sluggish brook.The purple petals fallen in the poolMade the black water with their beauty gay;Here might… Continue Reading “Pleasant Pemetic”

Acadia Awakening

Acadian Walk Rocky root-filled trail Winds through the silent forest Peace infuses the air. ~Lynn Thomas Amber I’m back! It’s been three weeks since I once again landed on Mount Desert Island for my summer gig in Acadia National Park. It’s been a busy… Continue Reading “Acadia Awakening”

Snow Magnolia

Shivering blossom Under a snowy blanket Longing for sunshine. ~ Lynn Thomas Amber I believe a more appropriate common name for the Star Magnolia should be Snow Magnolia! Here in the north where this magnolia reaches its hardiness limit, the opening blossoms often endure… Continue Reading “Snow Magnolia”

Trip Down Memory Lane Part I

My love affair with Longwood Gardens began in infancy. For the first 11 years of my life, I was fortunate to live right on the grounds of this renowned public garden in Kennett Square, PA. It was my backyard playground. Many happy hours were… Continue Reading “Trip Down Memory Lane Part I”

NO Mud!

The exceedingly warm temperatures this week meant that we were all on high alert for the roads to break up and revert to mudslides. Surprisingly, the roads remain relatively dry and hard-packed. It’s been an unusual spring mud season or lack thereof! I’m not… Continue Reading “NO Mud!”