Sunday, June 26, 2022

Spring colors

While walking Mr. Darcy morning and evening, Don and I kept seeing a semi-distant hillside absolutely cascading with yellow. I finally got a photo (sorry for the power lines bisecting the image).

Turns out this froth of beauty is a field of wall-to-wall arrow-leaf balsam root, a common spring plant around here with huge showy blooms, generally found on south-facing slopes with thin soil.

They normally die back fairly quickly, but I think the massive amount of rain we had this year allowed them to linger longer than normal.

The blooms are so profuse and showy, in fact, that it's hard to believe they're wildflowers.

We'll enjoy them while we can.


  1. Your post is so timely! We just had reason to drive over Sherman Pass to Republic, WA and I saw these flowers everywhere, and wondered what they might be. I'm not used to seeing them in N. Idaho. They were beautiful!

  2. Do you guys ever sample the edible plants around there?

    1. Not really, with the exception of wild fruit (blackberries and plums). Our goal is to produce our own food, rather than live off the land. I do, however, keep a number of reference books on wild edibles. Y'know, just in case.

      - Patrice

  3. Pro tip: When I was in junior high school, I took two semesters of photography.

    These were the most difficult classes I ever had in 7-through-12: Only one person in the latter semester received an “A,” and even that was an “A-.”

    The first rule for publicly displaying of one’s photos, was “show *only* your best.”

    Patrice, you need to take a photography class. Big time.

  4. Fields of flowers makes me so happy.