Wild Bouquets



I made the circle of Greasy yesterday with a Kubota-load of salt, slipped away to check the cattle with my camera. Warm enough for the snakes to be out, I wasn’t in the mood to wade and lie down in the tall feed for macro shots, and thought instead of broader perspectives that may be more helpful identifying our common wildflowers.

I tend to think of these patches and clusters as families, however not in the botanical sense, and allow myself to personify them, imagining the dispersal of seed, often years worth, just waiting for the right conditions and circumstances to germinate. Every spring is a little different. Some show up where I’ve never seen them before, and some like the Purple Chinese Houses, Agoseris, Chia and Headed Gilia are at the same location every year, sometimes thick and sometimes thin.


8 responses to “Wild Bouquets

  1. thanks for sharing these – – makes me look forward to days ahead — nothing on our side yet, still too cold. s Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:57:44 +0000 To: cowboy.connection@hotmail.com

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  2. The distant shot of the California golden poppies is a treat. It almost looks like a giant jeweler is at work pouring molten gold into a mold. My favourite flower is the Chinese houses although I think they look more like pagodas than houses.

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    • Too bad, Susanne, they didn’t check with us. The names are telling, sometimes, a different era with a different understanding of faraway foreign places.


  3. What a glorious sight, John! We’re waiting for our daffodils to emerge from their yellow, silk jackets. That will be a treat!



  4. Nice to see the pictures of the home world. I hope I can get back before the color is gone. Hope all is well.


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