Bumble Bee on Ceanosis, Filistatid on Sequoia

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ever since Vicki had to work the day I took the newly-weds to see the General Grant Tree in the snow, she has yearned for her own trip to Kings Canyon. We went today, hoping to get above smoke from the 800 lightening-sparked fires that have been burning in California. Although we got above most of it, there was still enough to obscure the tops of the tall Sequoias.

 
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With the grand vistas muddied, I turned my attention to the small delights, like Bumble Bees in the Ceanosis. . .
 
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and wild Iris, hiding in the shade.
 
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This section of Redwood bark had the Filistatid web around the knot hole, and Agelenid webs in the rift.
 
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Great bouquets of Western Azalea dotted the hillside.

 
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Later, we walked in the meadow at Grant's Grove Village. I found this Misumena on wild strawberry.
 
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Great patches of Shooting Stars carpeted the field, but each is a jewel in itself.
 
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On higher ground, there were Columbine . . .
 
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And Leopard Lilies to take your breath away.
 
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Not bad for a day that was too smoky for sightseeing.

1 comments:

Looks like it was a good deal warmer than when we went!

Very pretty flowers! Soon I will post the pictures Du and I took in the interior when we were thinking of you.

caedmonstia said...
July 6, 2008 at 7:35 AM  

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