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
I love living in rainbow country!
Seeing the rainbow from the front door of Cort Cottage.
A closer view of the rainbow,
see the sliver of the waterfall in the background…
All looks bigger and more vibrant in person.
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
I look up the mountain everyday. The green is here.
The ravens say hello.
(There are actually two ravens sitting side by side on the blue oak branch.)
Oh, and the waterfall is running on Case Mountain.
And, Cort Cottage is celebrating its 25th birthday this year.
photo taken by Elsah on Sunday, January 30, 2011
Seasons are not so well defined these days, especially in the California mountains. One day it will be in the 80’s and the next day in the 60’s, but the trend is toward cooler, crisp days and almost chilly nights. Snow comes to the Park and the mountains when the rains come to Three Rivers. Already the grasses are coming up green in the foothill meadows. And the buckeye trees are decked with their ivory skinned buckeye balls on silver fingerlings of branches and gray trunks.
The ravens come daily for their bread handouts thrown into the meadow behind my house. They loudly proclaim their entitlement if I am late or miss a day.
I am still content to hang my laundry in the shorter-lived sunshine and I am making art.
This Saturday is the Holiday Bazaar at the Memorial Building just down the road. And there are more events coming up for the holidays. Cort Cottage will be adorned with angels for Christmas and I will be fortunate to have guests who come for a visit to mountain and sky.
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.
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.