Water Lily

Water Lily

I struggled with this image due to all the specks of whatever all over the surface of the water … and on the base petals of the lily. But that was the environment at the time … Truth in Advertising!

Tulips

Tulips

More springtime color to break from the late fall blues. Tulips are one of the plants that don’t do well in my front yard. Something about the smell of tulips that makes deer just chomp the blooms right off. (unlike the daffodils in my previous post). I could grow tulips in my fenced backyard, but the garden areas were already full by the time I moved in. Now I would have to figure out what to remove.

Daffodils

Daffodils

I needed to break out of the seasonal affectiveness disorder (brought on this time of year due to the short days here in the Pacific Northwest) and go for a little bit of spring color for a few days. Daffodils are right up there as one of my favorites. They are a symbol of Wales … along with the leek. Some sources indicate that the leek (welsh: cenhinen) was the original and the daffodil was introduced later as a result of it being referred to as St. Peter’s leek (cenhinen Bedr).

Either way, I like them because (besides being Welsh) I can grow them in the front yard and the deer don’t eat them.

Cat-tail

Cat-tail 1

Late fall is an excellent time for cat-tail and cat-tail photos. These are very useful plants. The stalks were gathered by the Pacific Northwest native peoples and used extensively, including for weaving into mattresses.

Cat-tail 2

Purple Pond Scum

Purple Pond Scum

The typical fall colors are red, yellow, orange and browns (more browns around the Pacific Northwest, I’m afraid). Once in a while there is a splash of color that is jarring. This image shows some pond scum (algae of some kind) at the Nisqually-Billy Frank Jr National Wildlife Refuge in one of the beaver dams. Quite dramatic.

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