Sunday, June 24, 2007

It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

I took a little walk, going downhill, and in the first two blocks this is a little of what I saw. Do click the pictures to enlarge and see details.

This is the edge of my yard, with sweet rocket growing out of the cracks of the retaining wall.

In the upper left hand corner are dandelion puff balls.




And here we are, two blocks down, and here the sweet rocket has taken over the entire hillside. There are also some buttercups and other flowers. The stairs that you see are the bottom third of a staircase going up to a house. One day a few years ago the driver stopped the Care-A-Van just in front of the stairs so we could watch a mother bear and three cubs climb them. We seldom see three cubs, and it was kind of a magic moment. There were several neighbors and some tourists standing watching, which was what alerted us to the fact that something worth seeing was there.

And here we have flowers someone actually planted. The red ones are arctic poppies, one of my favorites. They start out with little fuzzy green caps that split and let the color show through and end all flowsy and blown -- like a lady of the evening who has been practiciing her profession for too long.

8 comments:

gawilli said...

It is beautiful!

Joy Des Jardins said...

Loved the little trip through your neighborhood J. Oh those flowers...beautiful.

kenju said...

Lovely photos! Your area looks much different than I had imagined. (very pretty)

kerrdeLune (cate) said...

I love poppies, and these Arctic poppies are gorgeous - are they (perhaps) like the Icelandic poppies I grow in the garden here?

Deja Pseu said...

It must be wonderful there this time of year, not only with the flowers but with the VERY long days...

Betty said...

Beautiful. We had a bear in the middle of our small town Friday. Everybody panicked and the local police tried to sedate it but when that didn't work, they shot it. Made me mad as a hornet when I read about it in our paper.

Maya's Granny said...

Pseu,
It is currently the longest days. Over 18 hours. And, with the flowers and sunshine and cool breezes, just heaven.

Betty,
So sorry to hear about your bear. I can understand, if your police aren't used to them they don't know how to sedate them well. And a frightened bear is a very dangerous animal.

Maya's Granny said...

Cate,
I looked up Icelandic poppy to see if these are the same, and they didn't look to be, but when I googled arctic poppy I got something that looked more like the Icelandic poppy than what we have here. Ours have more layers of petals, but the bud structure and the hips and seeds are the same.