The wildflowers have been slow to show their pretty faces this year. I believe it's because we've had a lot of snow this March and thank goodness for it, because we had a super dry winter, but Miracle March came through and dumped a bunch of snow on us.
Finally, last week, I started to see some of the showy early bloomers such as violets, phlox, yellow bells and buttercups. I had seen Lomatium before the snows came, but they disappeared while the winter weather was upon us, but they are back now too.
Can't wait to see the kaleidoscope of wildflowers the season will bring!
As I drive home from work this bright evening I'm a bit stressed as it is 7:00 pm and we are driving 5 hours to the ranch. I look up and low in the eastern sky there is a bright white marble floating peacefully against an electric blue blue backdrop.
To the south there are airy feathered clouds, which are just now turning a slight peach from the setting sun. Most of the clouds have two long arms that reach out in a half circle. They look like they are trying hug the world. If they stretched out and curled around a bit more they would turn into hearts. I would love to see a sky full of floating, wispy hearts. The sky is starting to turn all shades of pastel; peach, pink, lavender, teal. All soft and light, not the neon colors of some of our more brilliant sunsets, but soothing colors that so gently kiss the world goodnight.
I turn back to the white marble slowly rising above the skyline. Is it full tonight, it looks like it could be?
Damn! Look at those stars!
It is such a dark, black night. However, it is tempered slightly by the blue moon rising from the east. The moon is just starting to creep over the horizon, it feels a bit blinding against this charcoal colored backdrop.
Dan and I are out for an evening walk to enjoy this blue moon (second full moon in a month), rumor has it that it's going to be the last one for awhile. As I walk out of the yard I notice Orion, big and bright, hanging high in the sky. Other than Orion I don't take the time to make out other constellations. I just take in the expansive sky glittered with millions of tiny stars.
We walk, the blue moon rises higher and higher in the sky. We stop for a moment and play with our moon shadows. We dance and twist our arms and legs, letting our shadows warp and spin in the night. The moon lights up the sky, becoming more luminous, making it more difficult to see the numerous stars.
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