Water Lilies

We have a small pond near our home that has water lilies. Normally when I go to take photos of them the light is very harsh and by the time the light softens later in the day the lilies have closed. Today, because there is so much smoke in the air, the light was much more diffused. The damselflies love to perch on the lilies.

Maralee

Water Lily
Water Lily
Water Lily
Water Lily
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Spring in California

Spring was in full bloom while we were in California. The hillsides were awash with wildflowers and the trees were blooming.

Our plan was to go hiking at Hite Cove, a trail I had read about. However, once we got there, it became clear to me that it was not a hike I felt comfortable doing. Maybe 30-40 years ago, but not now. It was a steep, rocky ascent to the trail and then the trail was narrow with a steep drop down to the river.

I love to walk, but I am not the most graceful of walkers. I have been known to trip on flat pavement. (In fact, my sister nicknamed me “stop, drop, and roll” on this trip). So I wasn’t too keen to be walking on this narrow path and risk falling 200 feet into the river.

I don’t know what this tree is, but it had beautiful purple blossoms and these trees were everywhere.

So instead, we stopped along the way and enjoyed the spring.

Maralee