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Here and there throughout the Carrizo Plain were patches of purple flowers. The most prominent was the Great Valley Phacelia.
This particular genus is only found in California and Baja California. Per Plants.usda.gov site they can be found:
Phacelia ciliata is found only in California and Baja California in Mexico. Within California distribution includes the Northern Coastal Ranges, the Sacramento Valley including Sutter Buttes, the San Joaquin Valley, the San Francisco Bay, the Southern Coast Ranges and South West California, but excluding the Channel Islands. For current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site. Habitat: Great Valley phacelia is found associated with Coastal Sage Scrub, Northern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland and Valley Grassland. Adaptation Great Valley phacelia is drought tolerant and grows well in areas given 7 to 18 inches of annual precipitation. It grows on a range of soil types from clays to sandy loams to gravelly slopes and tolerates moderate salinity. It is found at elevations from seal level up to 5,000 feet (Calflora, 1997; Walden et al. 2013).
They’re considered one of the “blue” flowers and they’re a pollinator.
I got a wee bit behind with posts due to a trip down to SoCal to visit Big Baby Boy, and the Dark Haired Beauty. We crammed a lot into a few days, but I’m home now and catching up.
I’ll be sharing more from our wildflower Super-bloom trip in the future.
Nikon Df w| Nikkor 105mm and 35mm lenses| PS CC 24.4.1
While taking it easy and resting my knee from last Fridays fall while hiking I’ve been going through flower images from this Spring, and having a lot of fun photographing the bouquets my daughter and I received for our birthdays, and Mother’s Day.
I took one big blossom…I’m not sure what it is; a Dahlia? Anyway, I took it out in backyard and stuck it in my little Asters one afternoon and photographed it with my LensBaby Composer Pro and Soft Focus Optic.
I love this swirly blur!
My knee is still tender, and a little swollen, but the limp is nearly gone. It’s time to go to the fabric store to find a knee patch for my hiking pants. I haven’t had a knee patch since I was a girl, but I hate to give up a favorite pair of hiking pants for a little rip in the knee.
I also signed up for two online watercolor classes. I’m previewing the classes now so I can purchase any materials I don’t have but will need, and have a look at what I’ve taken on. I’m planning to do these during summer so will start them in June. One class is on birds, and the other landscapes.
Big Baby Boy and his Dark Haired Beauty are coming home for the long week-end. We’re going to have Baby Girl’s Birthday Dinner since we missed that this year because she and #1 Grandson were on vacation. I’m pretty sure she’s chosen Mexican food, and we’re planning to BBQ on Monday. He-Man bought Tri-tip and burgers.
I’m off to get my photography, and art stuff put away and tidy up the retreat for Big Baby Boy, and Dark Haired Beauty then do the rest of the grocery shopping for the week-end. I’ll be mostly offline over the week-end, but will catch up with you all next week!
I wish you all a wonderful, and safe week-end!
Nikon D810| LensBaby Composer Pro w/Soft Focus Optic @f/5.6| Hoodman Digital Film|PS CC 2017
A Pink Gerbera from a bouquet of flowers #1 Grandson had Baby Girl buy for me a few days ago since I’ve been a bit under the weather the past 2 weeks. I had to break out my LensBaby to take a few images of the flowers.
Here he is with the bouquet at the store. Baby Girl said it was his idea and was totally floored.
He wished me to feel better the second the front door opened then ran to me with this huge bouquet. He’s so sweet, and wonderful!
I came down with a mild case of Shingles. I thank God it’s a mild case! I can imagine how horrific a bad case is now because it’s been pretty awful, but I’m a big baby. 🙂
I’m too young to have been offered the vaccine, but I’m going to get it when I’m over this; the Dr. said it can’t hurt.
I am getting better everyday, and hope to be right as rain soon.
I hope you all are having a lovely Sunday!
Nikon Df| Lensbaby Composer with Soft focus Optic & 8mm macro converter| PS CC 2015 & Nik Suite.
I’m posting this a bit early because He-Man and I are celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary this week-end. No one is more surprised than us that we’ve been married this many years. Time has just flown by!
Regarding this image- I made it last March about this same time when the Lupine was in full bloom up on the mesa.
Our plans for this week-end? He-Man and I are going to celebrate us, and wrap ourselves up in each other, and nature over a long week-end. I’ll be offline until Monday. 🙂
May your Easter Basket be filled to the brim with goodies and love. Happy Easter!
If you don’t celebrate Easter I hope you enjoy the week-end with those you love.
Nikon Df| Nikkor 24mm f/2.8af-d| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| PS CS5 and PS CC 2015
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