I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable these rooftop tents were. 😍 The best part was waking up to giant New Zealand birds raiding our campsite. 😂😅 Who has been to New Zealand?! What was your favorite thing/place there? My favorite was this endless lupine field. 🌸 shot with the new mirrorless EOS R by @canonusa for @dpreview | 📸: @morganphillips
Spring has come to the desert and I couldn’t be more happy! Loving the beautiful wildflowers and these sweet girls! 💜💛
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We headed up to the foothills just below the Sequoia National Park for lunch, ice cream and wildflower eye candy. The lupines were amazing. Huge bush lupine and teeny tiny lupine (like 3” tall). Check out the big lupine bush growing out of a crevice in the granite.
Off center lupine. One of two I saw wandering around Ballona. It's a mess of a place.
Originally it was Tongva land but that didn't last long once Mexican Rancheros moved in. The area also has an oil-y history, literally - just google 'Playa Del Rey oil fields 1920s'. AND it's where they dumped all the mud removed while digging out Marina Del Rey. It has shrunk down to due commercial development over the decades. I distinctly remember the south side of Jefferson Blvd being vast and open land all the way to Centinela, now it's covered in luxury condos.
There are restoration initiatives in the works and lots of non-proifts who do their best to help the State keep the remaining land clear of trash. But before restoration can go ahead there is debate on whether it even needs to be restored in the first place. There is still argument over whether it is supposed to be a fresh water or salt water marsh. Should it be left alone because it no longer gets the same water flow? Which plants and animals are native and which aren't and is it even possible to remove them? Should it be more open to the public? Should SoCal gas be allowed to continue store gas in in the ground there? Such a mess. But life does make a home there...and lots of it.
Incredibly visually stimulating #longrun this morning. Cheseboro, from Shepard's Flat to the Lookout is just awesomely exposed and loaded with poppies. My personal favorite, #lupine are on display in the thousands. From the ashes, #wildflowers galore 💜
Gracious Baba Marta brings the first lupins #babamarta#martenitsa#lupine#lupins#californianativeplants#superbloom2019#superbloom
Grandma Marta Day (or simply Baba Marta, Bulgarian: Баба Марта) is a holiday celebrated in Bulgaria, on March 1st. Martenitsas, usually in the form of a wrist band, small yarn dolls, or tassels, are created by combining red and white colored threads and are worn on that day and throughout March. They are worn until a stork or a blossoming tree is seen, symbolizing the coming of spring, warmer weather, and well being. Once the stork or blooming tree appears the Martenitsa is taken off and hung on a tree. It is common in the spring to see trees festooned in Martenitsas.
Spring Freesia & Lupine
Several years ago, I planted 2 small packages of Freesia bulbs. I've since harvested bulbs and seed and now have a virtual Freesia forest in much of my yard. This is about my favorite bulb flower, colorful with a wonderful smell, and they keep flowering all spring. Last year, I had one volunteer Lupine plant - this year the seedlings have taken over a big part of the front flower bed!
For this "Super-bloom" I only needed to walk out the front door!
Photo geek stuff - these are "manual" focus stacks of multiple hand held exposures. This is a technique to increase the amount of the flower that is sharply focused. There was too much movement for Photoshop to align the layers, so I nudged, blended, brushed and combined, by hand, the sections of each exposure that were sharp.