Friday, May 2, 2014

Wildflower Friday

I met a friend for a walk this week at Santa Rosa Plateau.
It's in the nearby hills that run between us and the Pacific Ocean.
It's a gorgeous area and I've spent a lot of time up there over the years.
It's always fun to watch the seasonal changes and see what's blooming.

Here are some of the flowers I saw this week...

I have no idea what this is called as I can't seem to find it in my wildflower guide.
The colors sure are pretty though.  They were even more brilliant a week earlier when they even had a bit of red on them.  The petals and leaves are very tiny.  They often grow in large patches.
The petals are starting to dry out and shrivel up now.

I wanted to get closer for photos but these were down below us in an area that
could have had snakes.  I wouldn't chance that!  I think they might be Monkey Flowers.

These were right next to the orange Monkey Flowers.
I think they were the same thing but more red.  Pretty!

I love the delicate little leaves and flowers on these.

I can't find these in my book either.
I think they're interesting how they grow in a horizontal row around the stem.

 Ok...I think I might need a better book.  I can't find this one either.
It was pretty waving in the wind.

I like lichen!  Just had to throw in a photo of some lichen.
It's so delicate and interesting.

Have a fabulous Friday!


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

How funny that you couldn't find any of those varieties in the book. I'm always looking up birds in Kuwait when I see something different and it's a task to figure out what one might be. Love walking and snapping images of pretty flowers along the way. Enjoy your weekend. Tammy

Mereknits said...

Gorgeous photos and oh my somehow I missed the post about that gorgeous shawl. You did a fantastic job on it.
Love the color and the pattern of course.
Hugs to you,

Delighted Hands said...

What treasures these blooms are! I liked the one like violets in a huddle!

Michelle said...

I also like lichen! lol They are interesting to photograph. A nice variety of colors in these flowers!

Quinn said...

Gorgeous pictures! Funny about the book, though. I hope that doesn't mean none of the plants is native. Plant ID books (and bird books, too) are a mixed blessing to me. Sometimes I've found something faster by just flipping through the color plates page by page than by trying to follow a key...which doesn't make any sense at all but there it is!

KarenB said...

I went again this morning. There was a "ranger" at a table at the end of the trail by the Vernal Pools. She had pictures of the wildflowers with names. Of course, I can't remember them now. Sorry. :-(