Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A trip to Watson Falls.

We figured going to a waterfall would be a good way to cool down yesterday. Watson Falls is around 2500 feet elevation, up the North Umpqua.  The ferns are huge and primitive.

Below the trail, the water continues down.

It's much more impressive in person, with the crashing water sound and the mist sprinkling everything. This is the third tallest falls in Oregon, at 272 feet.

These maidenhair ferns live in fern heaven, shade and perpetual mist.

It was windy, a gust blew the whole waterfall off to the right. We climbed nearer but got soaked.

Here's the view across from the trail.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

104.4 at 3:00 p.m. today! Now that's hot!

Overnight we got a blanket of clouds which makes this hot weather feel muggy.

Plants that shade the pond.

The Four-o-clocks are coming along nicely!  Glad we finished painting the house before they got this big, it would have been tough to get behind them.

Hollyhocks have gotten outrageously tall!

Iceplant never disappoints, with a calendula flower catching full sun nearby.

Something has been eating my nasturtiums.

Daylilies are happy with the hot weather.

Nothing scary about these clouds, just pretty. No thunderheads.

The pond is already drying up, usually this is how it looks in August. Tadpoles frolicking in the warm bath water.

Just love these hollyhocks so I take lots of photos. I'll save the seeds for next year. this year I got four colors:  light pink, dark pink, peach and nearly black.

Fantastic sky over Dollar Mountain.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunny day near Powers Oregon

Beautiful blue sky day.

Digitalis in pink.

Wild rhododendrons were everywhere.

Wild irises under the firs.

A stunning place.

Daisies among the bracken ferns.

Beautiful new growth tips on all the firs, incredible rhodies everywhere you look.

Little snake was sunning himself earlier and fell asleep. About an hour later, he was still here, then woke up and we watching him go back into the woods.

Some coastal fog showed up in the late afternoon.

More fog coming in.

Here's the sky at home on the morning of the thunderstorm.

A very strange morning indeed.

Beautiful pods on these "love in the mist" plants. 

Finally, some daylilies!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The cat entertainment has arrived.

This beautiful little guy has been around for several days at the same time every day. Likes peanuts. Not afraid of anything. Cats watch from indoors and drool.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June came in like a wet dog!

Nearly one third of an inch of rain already in June, my goodness!  Plants like it and the 800 lightning strikes from Sunday evening's thunderstorm did not get a chance to grow into wild fires.  

Jellyfish races.

Glendale skies never disappoint.