Deer Encounter- Local Flora (and fauna) – Stay at home stroll – 13

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

The title should have have been local fauna but my after lunch stroll was not in search of them.  The day started out cloudy and gloomy, not at all like a normal mid May weather at all.  After a relatively late lunch, I decided to take a long walk in the neighborhood.  Normally during these long walk in the neighborhood I try to complete a loop of about four to five miles.  As I had already done a mile in  the morning with my dog Skooby and would go out again with him in the evening, I decided to cut a leg short and return home.  I was fortunate that I did that.

No one must have told this deer family about the stay at home order.  Either the cloudy weather may have misled them about the time of the day or they may have heard about the new relaxations being planned and decided to try out. Either way, it was my good fortune.  We do see deers from time to time in our neighborhood but mainly during early morning before the sun is high up in the sky. As I took a turn on the road towards my home, this family of deers crossed the road and started walking by the creekside fence.  I decided to follow them along on the other side of the road, forgetting to take the turn to my house.  For nearly a quarter of a mile they kept me company, sometimes hiding by the bushes as they ran daintily along the fence.  I was more worried that they may get tempted to cross the road to taste the green grass on the front yards of  my neighbors and get hit by cars that won’t be expecting deers on the road at this time of the day.  As I reached the end of the road after about half a mile, I decided to turn back by the same road hoping to see them again.  Alas, they have vanished by that time.

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how graceful art thou

nature’s beautiful creation

the unexpected visit 

a poetry in motionaa

And as this series is about local flowers that I see during my stay at home stroll in the neighborhood, I shall finish my post with a photo of flowers that I am sure will not need any introduction.  I am sure the deers will appreciate.

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dandelions, they don’t ask for much

to take their place in the sun

hardy warriors are they

here for the long run 


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Fortnight Lily- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 12

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

When I first saw a lily I understood why lily white symbolized purity.  But I had no idea that the flowers below, seen in many gardens in our locality were called lily.  They have white petals but with yellow and violet markings.  I have no idea how and when these natives of Africa landed in California.  The flowers do not last long but blooms every fifteen days or so, hence the name fortnight lily.   

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lily white petals

adorned with violet and yellow

like moon spots  

makes you glow


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

California Buckeye- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 11

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

From a distance, when they are in full bloom it looks like a tree full of orchids.  Mildly scented, during spring the tree suddenly comes to life and is a sight to behold.  As the name suggest, these are California natives but I have not seen these trees in any ones gardens in the area. May be because these trees become brown and barren during the summer months people do not like to plant them in their gardens. I have seen many of these by the creek side and by some hiking trails in the locality. 

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the beautiful damsel

swaying her long braids

entices the mendicant 

till he breaks


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Pinkladies- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 10

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

Not a native of California, these beautiful flowers in bloom will brighten up any garden. Known also as primrose, they have a habit of escaping the confines of a garden and take residence by the roadside.  In a garden or by the roadsides, these beauties will steal your heart.  They bloom in abundance and splash the area in color.  The whiff of their subtle fragrance is enticing. Wonder any damsels ever blushed this pink. 

O’ ye lovelies

Blushing pink cheeks

Prim and proper 

Dainty ladies


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Crimson bottlebrush- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 9

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

Near our house there is a small creek that runs nearly dry during the summer months.  The creek is bordered on one side by a road and the other side a gravel road cum trail maintained by the water district.  The creek is fenced in on both sides by chain link fences.  Between the road and the fence are many trees and wildflowers that start blooming during spring.  I am not sure if some of these flowering plants are really wild or originally planted by the developers when the subdivision was  planned some fifty years back. To me it looks wild now, hiding the creek from the road.  There are quite a few bottlebrush plants by the roadside.  For once I can say that the name is quite appropriate as any one can see the similarity with a bottlebrush.  I am happy that the color is not white. Crimson really brings up the contrast.

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Did the inventor 

In a rush

Took the idea from nature 

And named you bottlebrush


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Snapdragons- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 8

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

Definitely does not look anything like a dragon to me.  Who in their right mind will call these beautiful flowers dragons?  The only snapdragons that I knew of, before looking up the name of these ornamental flowers brightening the front yards of many neighbors, were the processors from Qualcomm that many cell phones use as their cpu.  Seasonal by nature, these beauties are a sight to behold.  We have a few in our garden but they have not started blooming yet. Coming in varieties of color, they really lights up a garden.

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Dragons you are not

Such a beautiful sight

Brighten up a garden

A heart’s delight


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Cistus or pink rock-rose- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 7

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

Is not that a beautiful flower? I had seen that in some other places also at different times in the wild.  Not sure I can call this one wild though.  This was by the side of a fitness trail on a subdivision near our home. Wild or not, the color was what drew me to it.  It was so bright.  

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You touched my heart

With color so bright

Dazzling like a jewel

In bright sunlight


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Cherry Blossom- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 6

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

Spring is cherry blossom time in our neighborhood.  Though our neighborhood cherry blossoms can not compete with the national mall in Washington DC, still they brighten up the neighborhood with their radiant beauty.  Many households have them in their front yards.  The flowering cherry trees that stand stark naked all through out the winter suddenly comes to life with vibrant colors.  Alas, the blooms are short lived.  Soon they will give away to green leaves as the colorful blooms vanish one by one. No fruits will follow.  Such is the law of nature, the cycle of life.  At Least I did not have to use Google lens to know what are those beautiful blooms. 

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Though your stay is short

With colors vibrant and petals so soft

You brighten up the landscape

Before you deport


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Regal pelargonium- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 5

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

I am sure nearly everyone of my readers will be identify this one.  I have couple of varieties of this in my garden.  This is the season that these bright colored flowers bloom in abundance.  As I walk the streets of our neighborhood, I can some many varieties in peoples front yard and by the roadside.  Though Google lens identifies these as Regal pelargonium, I always knew them as geraniums.  Shows my knowledge about flowers.  When I took this photo, the two flowers together reminded me of a fluttering butterfly just about to take flight.  That was nearly three weeks back.  When I look at it today, it still looks to me like a beautiful butterfly.  Let me know what you think.

As you can see from the photo, it was a very bright day when I took the photo.  Not an ideal lighting condition for taking a photo with a cell phone without much control on aperture , shutter speeds etc,  However the flowers were so vibrant that with some trial and error I was successful in capturing the flowers in the foreground without blowing the highlights completely.  

On a different note, after nearly a month and half, I went out hiking on Stiles Ranch Trails.  Will write about that in another post.  Have a nice weekend.  I hope to go back to writing poems during the weekend, picking up this thread next Monday.  Have a good weekend dear readers and stay safe.

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Where are you heading

My beauty

Spreading your wings to take flight

Rooted to the ground

You fill my heart with delight


A Rose is a rose

Hiking Stile Ranch Trails

 

 

Spring Blossom- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 4

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

The photo below was taken during the very early part of WFH (work from home) advisory as a precaution to avoid contracting COVID-19. Stay at home was still a few days ahead.  Since eighteen sixty four, this was the first rainless February in our area and spring came early.  Just to give some space to my better half who was still getting accustomed to the routine of WFH, I used to take long walks in the morning.  The weather was gorgeous, sunny, dry and cool and outdoor was much more inviting than being confronted by an unhappy spouse forced to be confined in an unoptimized workspace.  During one of those walks, mile and a half from my home, I was suddenly blinded by the sight of these beautiful trees in full bloom. I  had walked by this same street a few days back and I was sure that the trees were barren. I took out my cell phone and took few photos.  Sunlight was blinding and I could barely see my cellphone screen due to the glare.  As I was going through my cell phone gallery today, I saw a couple that I could resurrect with a little bit of post processing.  I am still not happy with the end result because the flowers are not distinct enough.  Google lens show this as Eugenia dysenterica but to me it looked more like Cherry blossom.  Ah well, what’s in a name.  Who am I to question what Keats said; ” A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”.   

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Brightened the season

And dazzled my heart

Your beauty

Worth the wait


A Rose is a rose

 

 

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