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Monday, September 20, 2010

Our flowery and weedy world for Tuesday






I accidentally uploaded these photos in the small format, rather than larger, but I think I like them like this, with the flowers appearing as tiny jewels in the heat and dryness of a prairie/desert landscape. The cactus blossoms are beautiful, but I love thistles, even this nodding thistle which is classified as a noxious weed. The red-stemmed weed (which I've been unable to identify) contrasts nicely with the green and yellow around it.
These photos were taken by my husband, Richard Schear, on his walks with our dog Lindy. I'll be walking with Lindy while Dick is very busy for the next couple of weeks, but our travels will likely take us no farther than the post office, as I don't like to get too far from civilization without another person. I'll be sure to take my cellular phone with me, though, and perhaps I'll remember to take a cane, although I usually forget that. And a camera? I'll need lots of pockets!

Photos by Richard Schear. Posted by Kay Davies for

30 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Lovely captures and the flowers are little gems! Delightful post for the day! Hope you have a wonderful week, Kay!

Sylvia

Rajesh said...

Very lovely flowers. Fantastic variety.

Photo Cache said...

i love thistles too - these weedy blooms are such a nice surprise along the path.

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aka Penelope said...

I think tiny weeds are some of the very best kind! These are pretty picutres, Kay. :)

Ebie said...

In some areas, cactus flowers are year long. The peach blooms are pretty! They may be weeds, but they add beauty around us.

jabblog said...

A camera definitely as well as your phone and cane - Lindy is a good girl and won't dash off and leave you?

Reader Wil said...

Exquisite flowers, Kay! I also like thistles and the flowers of cactuses. Good choice!

Kay L. Davies said...

Jabblog -- I don't know what Lindy will do if she sees a rabbit or a gopher, but I think I can maintain a hold on her leash simply because I outweigh her. The thing that worries me is dogs who are running loose. I don't trust them. Also, before we adopted her last year, Lindy had lived on the streets and in the wild for a time. She's a very good girl but she did pick up some bad habits, one of which is believing other dogs are competitors for food, and another is seeing rabbits and gophers as food sources. Not that she's hungry, but she has reverted to the ancient dog instinct.
-- K

Carver said...

Lovely shots from your world. I like the different plants and flowers in this sequence. Always fun for me to see what people find on walks in different parts of the world.

EG Wow said...

They are very nice in the small format, I agree. Is this Alberta? If so, I didn't realize it's so dry there!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely series of flowers, a pretty post from your world.

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, it is Alberta, not far from our house. The south is very dry. If it weren't for irrigation, it would all be desert. There are also "badlands" that look like pieces of the Grand Canyon. This year we've had a lot of rain, I think a record amount, so that accounts for the green you see in all these photos except the last one.
-- K

Lesley said...

There was a large thistle grow by the creek at the edge of my parking space and every day I would come home to watch - and wait for it to flower. There were at least seven 'blooms' on it and they came out so, so slowly! There were still about three to come out, when one day it had been mowed down. I felt slightly bereft.

dawn said...

Great shots! I love thistles too :)

J Bar said...

Weeds can be beautiful.
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Kay L. Davies said...

Lesley -- I know what you mean by "bereft"!
-- K

Carol said...

I like the small format. I have not tried it either. Your Flowery and weedy world is beautiful. And the photos are even better enlarged.

Powell River Books said...

I love a desert. Our geologist friend always calls it naked geology. We don't have any near us, but when I travel to Southern California I get to see a bit.

Did you know with blogger you can adjust the size of the pictures by clicking on them and dragging the corner? I've never tried it with one that is centered, but it works with those aligned left and right. I do it all the time to adjust my pictures to fit the text.

Margy

Kay L. Davies said...

I haven't really tried experimenting with Blogger for fear I'll do something dumb, Margy, but I think I will have to try that trick. Thanks.

I love deserts, too. My parents spent about 25 winters in Baja, and I visited as often as I could, so deserts feel like home. I also lived in the little BC town of Ashcroft (near Cache Creek) for seven years before I moved to Alberta. The climate is similar to southeastern Alberta, with cactus, rattlesnakes, and all. LOL
--K

Boom Nisanart said...

I am a fan of cactus too. And always feel delight every times I see the cactus blossom. It's look wonderful ! Thank you for this posted and thanks for visited my blog : )

ladyfi said...

Oh, I do like the tiny flowers. Even weeds are lovely!

Indrani said...

There is beauty in the weeds too. :)

Mª Zélia said...

Olá, Kay! Simplesmente lindas estas flores de cactos! Dando uma suavidade e beleza a este lugar... Suas cores com mágicos tons traduz o encanto da natureza! Grata por visitar o meu blog, suas palavras de carinho são um grande incentivo.
Tenha uma semana feliz!

Caroline said...

Often the weeds are the prettiest.

Gattina said...

The pictures are beautiful. I clicked on them to make them bigger so I could see all the details.

Dave said...

lovely flower series.

thanks for dropping by my blog and for your generous comments.

Stephanie V said...

It's fun to change it up now and then. I agree that they are like jewels. Like a soft voice getting the most attention, the small things focus our attention.

Thanks for the visit to mine. I've added myself to your followers. See you later.

April said...

They are all wonderful little gems. I love the cactus plant. Lindy is such a beautiful dog, and I'm sure she is a great companion for all your nature walks.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Kay: Wonderfully done, I so love wild flowers.

Kay said...

These are such lovely flowers, Kay. Wildflowers are my favorites!