Brown-eyed Susans (like me!) are abundant.
Now that we’ve finally bid a not-so-fond farewell to winter, the wildflowers in our neighboring master-planned community are flourishing.
Two of my most-loved wildflowers
I’m happy to report that small patches of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush continue to thrive.
Which means that the little buzzers are sticking around. Which is fine as long as they’re not sticking me!
Indian blankets mix with other blossoms.
Finally showing their lovely orange-yellow blooms are Indian blankets, another favorite wildflower of mine. It always seems like there are no two alike.
A couple poppies mingle with pink evening primrose and red phlox.
New to the scenery are orange and red poppies. They’ve dotted the landscape before, but now they’re out in copious amounts.
Poppies are plentiful.
Every week it seems like there’s something different to see, which makes me look forward to my exercise even more.
Who knows what this weekend will bring. I can’t wait to find out!
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While I was communing with nature recently, my Nikon 105mm macro lens strayed from the wildflowers. What distracted it? Critters.
First, there were turtles.
And then a duck joined the party.
A whistling duck
This feathered friend was fine hanging out by himself on a different part of the lake.
Of course, there’s one critter that always wants to spoil my placid photo party and make me want to shoot and quickly flee.
We both love the beautiful bottlebrush bushes.
Bees! Why does it always have to be bees?
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This was the first time I had seen such a hefty bluebonnet. It stood out among its skinny pals in our neighboring community’s patch of wildflowers.
And now I’ve seen two of them!
Birds add to the sunset.
Disc golfers love when their discs go into the basket.
The light is fading.
Photographers love when nature complements the sport they’re shooting. Well, at least I do.
The addition of a disc flying into a basket? Icing on the proverbial cake!
As I’ve written many times in this blog, getting up close and personal with my beloved bluebonnets has a distinct downside: Bees love ’em, too. That means that my sting-phobic self battles its nerves to stay as steady as possible while snapping away with my Nikon dSLRs.
Good thing my Nikon 105mm macro lens has a VR (Vibration Reduction) setting!
Checking it out.
Of course, I’m a fan of bees, because without them we wouldn’t have certain fruits and veggies.
And this one, too.
But I prefer to shoot solo, thank you very much. I don’t like the little buzzers infringing on my space.
See ya! Wouldn’t want to bee ya!
And, apparently, they feel the same way about me!
These first bluebonnets have company now. Lots of bud-dies!
As one matures, another one blooms.
Soon all of them will be this gorgeous shade of blue-purple.
Love Texas’ state flower, little and big!
This critter stayed on the front of our house for several days. Freeloader!
Looking very purply now
When I checked on the first 2014 bluebonnet last Saturday, I was pleased that it was still going strong. Plus I couldn’t help but smile when I saw what was surrounding it.
The more the merrier
Friends! Hopefully, the first of many. It’s great to know that before long purple will rule the landscape in our neighboring master-planned community.
But that’s not all.
Staying in the same color scheme
I spotted these lovely, delicate wildflowers (linaria, also called toadflax) along the walking path about a quarter mile from the bluebonnets. I haven’t seen them in this area since 2011.
Kind of on the purple spectrum
Once the (hopefully!) last gasp of winter blows through in a day or two, I expect that spring is going to push plenty of blooms our way.
Believe me, I’m ready for them!
Sidebar: I’ve been claiming that it’s the last cold day of winter for about six weeks. I hope I’m right soon!
It’s still winter in Huntsville . . .
. . . but not for long! Spring is around the corner, I hope.
Now that I’ve seen my first bluebonnet, Texas’ state flower, I know that it’s spring.