Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Amphibian Selfie!

 I consider myself the APP in this situation.  Connected to the frog by a thumb-belly connector, the frog positioned himself in such a way that compelled me to push the shutter button. Thus, an amphibian selfie.
 A side view of the same frog, but this time I made the decision on my own. :)
 My wife, Bib, sitting on a giant oak limb.  Click on the photo for an enlargement in which you can see the large patches of Goldfields (below) in the background.
 Another of my favorites, in the mustard family, is the Lacepod.  Looks especially nice when backlit.
 The majority of the Seep Spring Monkeyflower were still closed under cloudy skies, and actually looked wilted.  But I did manage to get a pair that were open.  All in all, I saw only around a dozen
species of blooming wildflowers.  In previous outings when I hit peak blooming time I'd get over a hundred.  We had a great day anyway.  This place is aways beautiful, even in mid-summer and fall when the streams and waterfalls have dried up and most flowers have long since gone to seed.  I'll have one more post on last Saturday's trip before moving on to a new topic.


  1. Joe, the closeup flower photo you are calling Goldfields actually is Yellow Carpet, Blennosperma nanum. It often is found in the same places as Goldfields, as it is a wonderful vernal pool flower. Interesting in that it is one of the few flowers that has white pollen.

  2. You can see the white tips of the stigmas popping out, for some reason they only show on the outer edge. One of the characteristics that make it easy to identify.

  3. Not a problem, Joe, I lead tours at a vernal pool area so I talk about these flowers all the time.