Tread Carefully…

It is rattlesnake season.  The temperature is warming up and they are coming out of hibernation.  Although a rattlesnake is not something you want see in your yard, or near your home, in nature they are beautiful and magnificent.  They are a creature that does not seek conflict, but instead prefers to be left alone. …

Amsinckia: commonly known as Fiddleneck

Fiddleneck was another wildflower quite prevalent on my recent Sunday morning hike.  I also saw them on Saturday walking along the wash.  They are very beautiful in the way they curl, and the green and yellow colors are quite stunning. A small factoid from Wikipedia: The seeds and foliage of fiddlenecks are poisonous to livestock, particularly cattle, because they…

Encelia Farinosa: commonly known as Brittlebush

This morning I headed to a nearby hiking/park area for more outdoor exercise, and to see what spring flowers were blooming.  The amount of sprouts and blooms were amazing.  Because the sky was overcast, and a lot of the flowers were small, I was challenged in capturing their full beauty. Currently most predominate was the…

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #84: Narrow (watch out!)

I live in the desert. To tie into the Lens-Artists photo challenge this week, I am sharing some photos that demonstrate how narrow and sharp so many of our desert plants can be.  You must be aware of your surroundings when walking and hiking out in our nature.  So many of the plants have sharp…

A hike in the park

I am one of the lucky ones that gets the day off today for Martin Luther King day.  Rather than sit at home, we headed out for a short hike at a nearby State Park.  It was a beautiful morning.  In fact, it was very warm out. I got a few photos where the sunlight…