Nature-watching…a “madia” spring

This spring has been so interesting, cooler days juxtaposed to warmer ones…..but for now it’s pretty perfect. Each spring one wildflower or two seem to be dominant and I name the spring for them. Spring 2011 has been “madia spring” as these cheerful yellow blossoms have stayed and stayed.  For a while they covered the hills around Lake Kaweah (now transformed into pink by farewell-to-spring) and they still surround Cort Cottage.

These photos were taken a few days ago on a walk on the Case Mountain trail (in the backyard of the cottage). Madia elegans is not giving up.

Madia found on a walk up the Case Mountain trail…photo © Elsah Cort

Buckeye tree and madia wave at the mountains, photo © Elsah Cort

Buckeye blossoms beginning seed formation, photo © Elsah Cort

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