Nisqually Flowers

I’ve been feeling a little envious of the beautiful wildflowers that Kerrdellune has been showing on her web site, so I purposely set out with two cameras Friday when I set out for Nisqually, my 400mm lens for birds and a closeup lens for flowers.

Considering the 80 degree, plus, temperature, close-to-if-not-quite a record temperature this time of year, it seemed a little strange to still find a considerable number of spring blossoms from pure white

White Blossoms

to pinkish-white blossom on long-abandoned fruit trees.

Pink and White Blossoms

But it’s certainly been that kind of cool Spring so far. I still haven’t planted the corn because I was afraid it would rot in the ground. This wild variation of a bleeding heart has also been blooming for several weeks now.

wild Bleeding Heart

Still the whites and pink are quietly giving way to the blues of lupine

lupine

and the brilliant yellows of dandelions, buttercups and this splendiferous “weed”

yellow flower

that I’ve been unable to identify so far, but is still spectacular enough that it inspired me to carry an extra camera with a close-up lens because I was unable to get a photograph of the only one I saw Monday with my telephoto lens. Needless to say, there were dozens blooming Friday.

4 thoughts on “Nisqually Flowers

  1. I wonder if that yellow flower is Goat’s-beard. The spiky halo of leaves makes me think that. I’m enjoying your flower photos. Isn’t it amazing to see some blue sky again?

  2. Thanks, am, I think you’re right.

    I went online and looked at several of the descriptions and images on Google and it certainly looks like that is what it is.

    The bleeding heart is called Pacific Bleeding Heart.

  3. I love those big yellow sun-rayed blooms, too. My photo mentor told me those are salsify. The “puffs” they turn into are wonderful, like giant dandelions.

What do you think?