In May I’m sometimes able to do a writing retreat at “Baca,” a beautiful parcel of land near Crestone in the San Luis Valley in Colorado. Trees are in fresh leaf and irises blossom along the creek. Where it’s a bit drier, Indian Paintbrush sprout in sandy soil. As the day warms up, butterflies alight on the new flowers and birds call from the trees or among the low brush.
A good trip to New Mexico for my sister’s 70th birthday. I had just read a chapter in Robin Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, in which she wonders about why asters and goldenrod look so lovely together. I had an opportunity to photograph some New Mexican asters growing up among yellow flowers….and some other cool things, including a well-camouflaged horned toad and a shy barn cat!
Back home to California in December of last year. Low light, deep shadows on the hills, but flowers in people’s gardens and some green on the hillsides from small rains.
In March I was able to travel to Oregon, and while in Portland, I visited the Japanese Garden, which was beautifully in flower. Here are some shots:
Summer is here and it’s dry. Clouds pass in the afternoon, but we don’t get much rain. Still, wildflowers blossom in the foothills of the Rockies. Hiking in Bear Creek Regional Park, I came across a few.