Category: Wildflowers

Winds of Change

Winds of change descend Whisk me back towards Vermont Set me gently home.                                           ~Lynn Amber After 6 grueling days traveling on the road from…

Photo of the Day: 4.28.20

Today we hiked the Continental Divide Trail running south from our camping area in the Gila National Forest.  I came upon this cute little flower along the trail.  It’s the only one I saw for the entire distance that we hiked.  I identified it…

Photo of the Day: 4.27.20

We moved over to New Mexico yesterday to a dispersed camping area in the Gila National Forest.  The Continental Divide Trail runs right through here and we embarked on a short hike along part of the trail today.  The terrain is soooo very different…

Photo of the Day 4.22.20

Happy Earth Day!!  My Earth Day morning started with a walk towards Cottonwood Pond.  Along the way, I found some new discoveries!  The prickly poppies are starting to bloom.  I believe this one is Argemone platyceras – the one more commonly found in the…

Photo of the Day 4.21.20

On a recent bike ride I got very excited to see this yellow flower carpeting the desert floor!  🙂  It’s a dandelion – but oh so pretty!!  There has been so little in the way of flowering plants here this spring that even this…

Photo of the Day 4.17.20

Today we ventured over to another part of the conservation area that borders Arizona state fish and game lands.  We hiked a dirt road through the grasslands that rose up into the foothills of the Mustang Mountains.  (I love that name!)  Once we started…

Photo of the Day 4.14.20

Today we completed our longest bike ride here on the ranch – taking a route that created an 18-mile loop through the conservation area.  The photo above pretty much sums up our routine when we ride – stop half-way and have lunch!  Lunch always…

Photo of the Day 4.12.20

  How special that I found some Desert Mariposa Lilies blooming on Easter day in the grassland!!  Jim and I decided to take an afternoon bike ride on a new dirt road we discovered here in the NCA.  We detoured onto an unmarked road,…

Photo of the Day 4.10.20

On an early evening walk down to the pond, I noticed these Blue Dicks blooming off the side of the road.  There’s not much in bloom in this high-desert grassland right now – so any color catches my eye!!  The lavender flowers contrast nicely…

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Between late February and early March, we were mooch-docking at my son Luke’s house in Menlo Park, CA.  We took advantage of being near the California coast to do some exploring. During a conversation with a neighbor’s parents, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve…