Summer blossoms…

The pink zephyranthes are in bloom at the cottage door. I call them “zephies”.
Read more about these sweet little bulbs that like to bloom in the summer.

Last night’s wildlife sitings:

Wild turkey family heading home for the night, like they have been doing every evening for the last week, with 7 teen-aged offspring chomping dry wild oats seeds that should have been weedeated better…followed 10 minutes later by two large, 4-point bucks on the same “path”, six feet from my living room and bedroom windows, nibbling green leaves on the low branches of the buckeye tree, while looking at me out of the corner of their eye…loud, single cricket in the kitchen, piercing the quiet house around 11 pm, captured very gently in a cupped hand near the hot water faucet and taken outside the back door, released into freedom…just as the striped tail of a raccoon disappeared on the deck’s edge into the volunteer blooming oregano.

sweet swaying in the breeze…

Buckeye trees are in bloom with their long white flowered filled stalks. The wonderful cool breeze is pushing them around. They dance in perfectly choreographed waves, softly brushing against their invisible air partner.

I fall in love with them all over again. And then they envelope me with the sweet scent from flower center. I am sunk.

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