Mother Nature always amazes me with her profound artistry. You can see her paintings everywhere. All you have to do is look.
Lupine’s come in many varieties that are different shades of lavender and purple and sometimes pink but he Harlequin has the most unique coloring with its mix of yellow, pink, lavender and purple. It is not as common or abundant as the ones usually seen growing in the fields of the mid to higher elevations of the Sierra-Nevada so it is always a lovely surprise.
I am blessed to live on a piece of property that can sometimes produce prolific wildflowers. This is an Owl’s clover, a very beautiful and colorful plant. Have a wonderful day.
While normally upright and open, I found these on a morning outing after it had rained during the night. I loved the appearance of the gracefully drooping flowers and the delicate look of the petals with the rain drops.
Another interesting wildflower in our central sierra-nevada mountain range. I have found it at the low to mid elevations of 3000 to 5000 ft. Sometimes in a small group, but more often as a single stem growing sparsely in a small area.
I have found this interesting bush at elevations of around 3000 to 4000 feet on some of our remote roads. The petals have an almost wax like appearance while the leaves have a soft coating. A very colorful bush when in bloom
This little guy would sit in a tree that was close to their nest and serenade his mate while she was sitting on their nest. Finches are quite vocal and have a very pretty and happy song.
Stellar Jays are beautiful birds with their striking blue colors and their crest. They are also fun to watch because they have a strong personality that shows in some of their antics and in their interactions with each other, other birds and humans. They have become quite accustomed to human contact in Yosemite and are notorious thieves, often stealing unprotected food from campsite tables. Have a wonderful day.
This photo was taken in the town of Mariposa, Ca. I consider these butterflies to be the monarchy of the butterfly kingdom. Their behavior and beauty seem to suggest royalty. Enjoy your day.