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
Each year Spring arrives in its own timing, sometimes early and sometimes later. As I write these words, I can see the new leaves budding on the blue oaks while Moro Rock, up in Sequoia National Park, is dusted with new snow. It’s like having two seasons in one!
I have been walking up the hills just above the cottage, photographing the earth as it comes to life again. The public lands on the BLM property at Case Mountain are filled with sweet footpaths and even waterfalls!
Buckeye Tree is greening up, and so are the hills!
Waterfall on Salt Creek, just a short walk from the Cottage
Orange lichen on a rock near Salt Creek