Our walk to the paperbox on the weekends becomes more of a journey in the late spring. Mike becomes a weed extracting machine, no weed goes undetected and there are always many to pull, or at least remove their flowers untill he can get there with the weed whip or herbacide. The cats come along, usually Gazpacho only makes it halfway before turning around, but they both need many attention breaks,
2/3 mile 'round trip is a long way for a cat without any attention!
I bring the camera and am distracted by all of the wildflowers blooming and other plants. We talk about all the plants and practice our horticultural latin and verify with the books when we get home. Mike has his cup of coffee and I have my cup of tea and we have to balance sipping and weed picking and foto taking and holding the paper and petting the cat...multi tasking in the truest sense and most relaxing sense!
Calypso Orchid~Fairyslipper~Calypso bulbosa
Wild Saparilla~Aralia Nudicaulis
We haven't noticed this flower before, we see the leaves all the time.
We think it is the very wet spring that is drawing our attention to these blooms.
Starflower False Solomons Seal~Smilasina stellata
Bunchberry~Canadian Dogwood~cornus canadensis
bunchberry & yellow violet
wild strawberry~fragraria virginiana
Oregon Grape~mahonia aquafolium
wild strawberry, just past flowering & ready to make a berry.
beech fern-thelypteris phegopteris
heart shaped leaf (violet) by a rock with moss.
Just past the fork in the lane on the way home.
kinnickinnick~bear berry~arctostaphylos uva ursi
bunch berry with a pinker center! beautiful!
This year with all the rain, the world around us is very lush and clean and verdant.
The water drops on everything make the world shine with a different light.
oregon grape with rain drop and note the pollen in the center of the rain drop.