Friday, May 6, 2016

Riverine spring

Spring along the creeks is fantastic here.  Within the rivers, an amazing plant is sprouting pink fleshy shoots of flowers from a twist of tuberous roots submerged in the water.  I do not recall the name of this plant.  Come summer time, it has large green leaves that gives a tropical feel to the river.

Also along the edges of the rivers, in meadow areas that were underwater, comes a delicate orchid, the fairy slipper, Calypso bulbosa.
Calypso bulbosa

On the open slopes, a white native lily sprouts and fuzzy pussy ears lily (Calochortus tolmiei), like the sego lily in ID but fuzzy.

Calochortus tolmiei

Spring at the B Bar K home

It is spring time at B Bar K.  This has been a wet spring, especially after the past 5 drought years.  This is also my first spring in California, first spring on B Bar K.

Some wildflowers have bloomed in April, mostly trillium, an early spring flower even in Idaho.  The trillium in California are huge.  The leaves and flower are both twice as big as an Idaho specimen.


Today, May 6, the following plants were in bloom in our B Bar K flower beds.  Most of these are not native, some are relatives of natives, and all are pleasant to see.

Purple Robe locust Robinia pseudoacacia

Columbine  Aquilegia sp.
Columbine  Aquilegia sp.

Columbine  Aquilegia sp.
Iris Iris

Iris Iris


California Dogwood Cornus nuttallii


Puffball Hydrangea Hortensia

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Merced River float

We also floated down the Merced River.  Being with a bunch of Alaskan kids, there was some swimming to be had by them!  Brrrr.

Yosemite NP Vernal Falls hike

We did one hike, it was not far but very steep.  We went to the top of Vernal Falls.
Past half way up

Granite steps, very well done!  There were many of these.

Hi Kate! and the Edwards staff (see shirt).

Vernal Falls

Yosemite N.P.

Yosemite National Park has been established in 1864! The park is fantastic to see. Here is just a snap shot:

The waterfalls were in full glory!

Bridal Veil Falls

Merced River and Yosemite Falls

Vernal Falls

Above Vernal Falls, Merced River

Yosemite Valley view

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Yosemite flowers

Todd and I spent last week in Yosemite area.  We went to view spring flowers and were pleasantly surprised by the display.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Adventurous June Bug

In November, Todd, the fur Kids and I went to the coast near Arcata and the Redwoods National Park.  Such a wonderful place.

The weather was a bit stormy but that just resulted in a high tide and large waves.  June Bug, the adventurous cat, went on an extensive beach walk with us: