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I went hiking both Saturday and Sunday hoping to find something interesting in nature as well as stretch my legs, but I hoped to see wildflowers. Saturday I saw flowering trees looking lush and pink in their full bloom and not much else in the way of flowers. I did see a pair of Does resting in the grass near the creek at the bottom of the trail. I really do think Deer are my Spirit Animal. He-Man and I stuck to the wooded area trails and did the steep switchbacks to gain some elevation. We hiked over 2 miles and gained approx. 500ft in elevation. I also rode the Fit Desk for 4 miles on Saturday which did not burn off nearly enough calories! 😦
On Sunday I proposed a different route that would take us along meadow and grassy trails, but still be hiking uphill, and if I didn’t run out of steam I’d even go up the wall. Our mileage wouldn’t much over two miles, but the elevation gain would be close to 600 ft having to go uphill to the top of the mountain/hill then down to the valley and back up the steep hill, and WALL then down the back hill to the car.
I saw several wildflowers in bloom, there were fiddle necks, Hounds Tooth, Pacific Pea; Lupine; and a few others, but the best came when hiking up the hill leading to the WALL.
He-Man was well ahead of me because I kept stopping to photograph flowers, new pine-cone buds, a lizard in camouflage or so it thought, so I was making tracks trying to catch up before he hit the WALL- which is the last section of this hill, but it’s nearly vertical. I’m not kidding it’s really steep. The grade must be 9 or 10%. Everyone calls it the Wall. Thankfully it’s fairly short from there to the top.
Anyway, I was looking high, low, and sideways for flowers, birds, insects, etc, and in a thicket of dry and dead thistle or teasel I spied something like leaves, and kept going up the hill a few steps then my brain said, ” uh, no there shouldn’t be leaves like that on those, back up!” So, I did and look what I saw when I really looked at it! A pair of Silvery Blue Butterflies en Media Res!
I have never seen this type of Butterfly before and never in this position! I was so thrilled and excited; doing my happy dance!
The Silvery Blue is in the Gossamer-Wing Family. Its habitat is varied but, not in deserts, but there is an exception as they are found in the Mohave Desert. They are found where there are Lupine, Pea family, and Vetches. All of which were present when I saw these two. Their season here is Feb- Aug.
He-Man missed it completely. 😦 I was tired and running out of gas so took the cutoff right before the wall so, gained a little more mileage, but a wee bit less elevation. Next week I’ll take my hiking poles and claim the Wall again! 🙂
I was so grateful to have seen this. I’m still Wowed by it!
I’ll share some of the wildflowers in future posts.
Happy Hump Day!
Nikon D810| Nikkor 105mm @f/5.6| ISO 400| 1/1250s| Handheld
more to come…