Category Archives: wildflowers

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

Wildflowers Keep Coming…

The lovely cool rainstorms we have been having, are keeping the wildflowers very happy.  Here are photos from a walk up the hills just at my back door. We’ll start with a rainbow that shows you the hills that are welcome for walking.

more of the foot paths and views from the BLM land above the cottage…

Spring is magical…

:: here are the hills above the cottage….more flowers are coming ::

Maybe it’s time for a visit to Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast.


Spring has begun……

Fiddleneck are everywhere….some shallow people call them weeds.
Wild lilac or Ceonothus AKA Buck Brush bushes are budding out,
their wild scent–my favorite– is coming to intoxicate the air.
(Native Peoples used to prune these, to have them grow straight for arrows.)

The wildflower palette will be exploding over the next 2 months.
I’ll keep you posted.


You can see my new wildflower cards at my art studio,
on the Three Rivers Artists’ STUDIO TOUR 9 coming March 19-20-21.

Rain and art = green hills and wildflowers

Spring has officially arrived because the wild lilac (ceonothus) has begun to bloom.  Fiddleneck is everywhere, making the hills yelllow-orange.  I’ll say it again–Spring is THE best time to come to Three Rivers.

I’ve been very busy getting ready for the Three Rivers Artists’ STUDIO TOUR 9 coming up on March 19-20-21.

This week I am writing profiles on each of the 21 artists for the Studio Tour Blog.

new digital collage in Square One Series

Farewell to Spring

The last wildflowers of Spring are blooming in Three Rivers. I hate to see Spring leave.  But I know that I can just follow it up the hills as the weeks progress. It finally culminates in a great bloom up in the wild meadows of the Park in late June and early July.

And then there is swimming in the river in the late summer months.

Seasons…the way the earth tells time.

The cottage is some openings still left for the summer.  If there is a replay of last summer, when every night was booked, you might need to call soon to make your reservation.  The cottage is cool (in more ways that just air conditioning) and comfortable (in all ways you can think of) and it can become your home away from home.

P.S. Farewell to Spring is the name of a wildflower also called Clarkia or Herald to Summer.
(Yes, I know, I could have photo of it here for you…..I will go out and take one later in the week.)

Spring is full-blown

Yes, it has been a while since I reported from the Edge.  Spring is extra beautiful this year.  I know I say this every year, but it always amazes me how it shows up so glorious each time!

Simply said, April at the Cottage still has several openings before the busy season starts in May.  It is your last chance to see the green and watch the wildflowers graciously become seed pods for the next time around.