San Rafael Valley, AZ ~~ Photo by Bill Haas

Friday, April 9, 2010


...of California's blue and gold
There are literally hundreds of species of Lupine.
Here on Figueroa Mountain, Lupine was so profuse, my friend Joan commented that its rich, powerful perfume reminded her of Nehi Grape Soda. Well it's no wonder. Her astute observation simply alerted us to the likelihood we were smelling Lupinus excubitus (grape soda lupine)!
Many many varieties of California Poppies, Eschscholzia californica, exist with colors ranging from yellow to golden to deep orange.
These poppies are happy-making flowers, for seeing them reminds us Winter is behind us.