Sunday, June 6, 2010

My World Says Farewell to Spring

The mild days of spring are rapidly giving way to the heat of summer.
The little goldfinch is gone, the nest abandoned.
The grasses are turning dry and golden, their seeds mature, awaiting next years rains so they can turn the hills green again.
The grasses make way for the Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea Elegans) to have its place in the sun.
Then it is time for Clarkia Amoena to bloom.  Here in the gold country it is the flower we call "Farewell to Spring". 
While not as hot as the desert southwest, summers in the Sacramento Valley are hot enough.  Most days will be in the 90s and and temperatures over 100 are common.  Many plants will go dormant in the summer heat, waiting for fall to give one more burst of bloom before winter.

You can see more views of the world at That's My World, Tuesday, hosted for us each week by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

9 comments:

eileeninmd said...

The wildflowers are gorgeous and what a lovely scene. Cute shot of the baby bird.

Gaelyn said...

Welcome to summer. It came in a hurry here. Yesterday already in the high 80s and a heat warning in the lower canyon with yesterday reaching 110 already. I like the farewell to spring flower.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great pictures -- and welcome to Summer. We've been there for days already -- which doesn't necessarily please me. Spring is too short here in Florida.

fredamans said...

Beautiful collection!

Barb said...

Your pink and purple flowers delight me, Martha. Thank goodness the heat waited until I was gone (though the day we met was hot enough!). Have fun at the cabin. I'm busy with flower bed preparations here in Breck.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Such cheery and smiling flowers. They are simply lovely.

Pagan Sphinx said...

So, so gorgeous. Can't thank you enough for the beauty, Martha.

Johnny Nutcase said...

i love those flowers, gorgeous! And of course the nestling...ahh! so sweet :)

Diane AZ said...

The baby bird is so cute and I like the field with golden grasses and Harvest Brodiaea. "Farewell to Spring" flower is stunning. I enjoy seeing what grows in your area.

We have something like your Harvest Brodiaea in March called Bluedicks or Desert Hyacinth.