Wild Wednesday … Spring Teaser!

The buttercups started blooming a little over a week ago. When they arrive it means Spring is beginning to tease us here.

But winter is still trying to wash California away. Here are some pictures of the Sacramento River in the Northern California.

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Looking across the Sacramento River at Balls Ferry.

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Jelly’s Ferry bridge in the high water. The river bank is normally out past the beginning of the first steel arch.

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The river is wide. Looking across the Sacramento River in northern Tehama County.

Finally, I was able to get out in the woods yesterday and enjoy a little sunshine!

Wild Wednesday … Sierra Color!

Bliss and Tasha enjoyed a day at work. 

Wild Wednesday … iFlowers

Last week naughty Sailor dog busted out of the yard and set out on a field trip. Mary and I had to split up to search for him. She took the car and went up our road to check our neighbors. I went on foot through the foothills behind our house. After covering about a mile or so over hill and dale, she texted me. He was about a half mile down the road playing with the neighbor kids. I was relieved and annoyed all at the same time and began hiking home.

It was just before sunset and the light was fading, but warm. The foothills are full of spring wildflowers. This was an excellent opportunity to shoot some wildflowers on my trek back. Excellent, except that I didn’t have my camera! All I had was my iPhone, and so phone pictures it was. They aren’t as good as the Nikon could have done, but I work with what I have. These are my iFlowers!

On the Road to Montana and Back

Mary and I recently returned from a long road trip. We were on a mission to pick up our newest pack member, Phanny, while visiting our friends in Montana. We decided to make a week of it and enjoy the western sights with Sailor, Tasha, and Bliss. Starting in California, we crossed Nevada and Idaho to reach our destination in central Montana. Here’s a gallery of some sights along the way. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

To see Mary’s post about Phanny’s first week, and her trip from Montana to her new home in California click here, New Puppy Bliss!

Wild Wednesday … Spring Wildflowers Have Begun!

Spring wildflower season has begun with a vengeance in the Northern California foothills. Here are a few or the early risers.

Don’t worry if you’ve in the frozen north, spring’s coming!

Wild Wednesday … Mystery Wildflower!

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A lavender wildflower. Does anyone recognize this flower? I took the picture in the Indian Valley of the Northern Sierra.

My forester/botanist office neighbor, Tom, knew it right away. So did Lisa, a FB friend. It is Spiraea douglasii or it’s common names are Douglas’ spiraea, hardhack steeplebush, steeplebush and rose spiraea. It’s a native of the western US and Canada and is commonly used a landscape plant. Who knew?