Thursday, April 10, 2014


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The late rains have brought out the wildflowers and we thought it would be a shame to miss them with the lens. So out, we went. I admire every year this knobby hilltop when it get's taken over by swaths of white and yellow in its green meadows.
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We crossed the bridge to Tuolumne County and noticed the swaths of purple taking over the barren banks of the reservoir.
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The purple is most likely a combo of lupines and purple vetch, above. The lupines are big and showy this year.DSC04301 (Copy)

And they seem to like the same soil as these small yellow California poppies.
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It seems so sweet of them to cover ugly spots and beautify the scraggliest places along the road. Wouldn't we feel cheated without them in the spring?
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A close up of the poppy blanket.
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Here and there is this orange flower.
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Some pretty blue bells.
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And a buttery yellow flower that grows bushlike.
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Two types of insignificant, tiny, white flowers cover the forest floor.
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Unless you look closely, you don't notice the difference.
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What they lack in size they make up for in numbers. These tiny beauties can cover acres of ground on a hillside, and make themselves tall in the shade of trees.
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Looking back at the river from our hillside perch, we saw about five red tail hawks combing the area for food.
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Graceful wings, just there to offer more beauty to our day.
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Man made signs, have  beauty too.  We returned to Calaveras County, a day well spent. Tomorrow, I'll try and figure out how to provide a  slide show of all the pictures. It will probably be my last blog before leaving for Turkey. I heard from our guide today and his information has rearranged my packing and what I will bring.

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