Jacaranda tree in bloom.
Indian Hawthorn flowers in bloom. The empty lot is the greenbelt under a set of transmission wires. Hawthorns will grow as bushes, and make up a *lot* of hedges around here, but they can also be trained to grow upward and pruned into trees. There are several spaced along this block at the same stage of growth.
I managed to get out to the local botanical gardens again for a mild hike / photo walk. Large parts of the grounds are designed to look wild, though the plants are all grouped by category and labeled. Other parts are obviously manicured. I also have photos of a snail hidden in a rosemary bush and a lizard that…wasn’t very hidden!
There’s a hawthorn hedge near work that’s absolutely covered with flowers for a length of around 40 feet. I walk past it several times a week. I’d never noticed the scent of these flowers before, but it’s impossible to miss right now!
🌸 Cherry blossoms!
I had a hard time narrowing down which of these to post, and finally settled on two from the a6000, one from my phone in portrait mode, and one from my phone in regular mode.
The simulated depth of field on the Pixel 2 still looks a *little* off in most pictures, but it’s always better than I expect it to be!
Hawthorn bushes in bloom #spring
Seasonal Wetlands: Summer vs Spring by Kelson Vibber
It finally occurred to me to put together a side-by-side image of the one spot I managed to take photos of on both hikes!
On the right: May in Madrona Marsh, after winter and spring rains filled up the low-lying areas of the preserve.
On the left: Late August in the same spot, after summer had dried up the pools. Despite the drought, and helped along by a couple of freak summer storms, the ground is still holding onto enough moisture that the floor of the vernal pool is covered with low greenery instead of dry grass.
I know, it’s always better to put “before” on the left, and I tried it with that layout, but it ended up looking better this way.On Tumblr