We got almost four inches of rain this week, a blessing beyond measure. Our drought still exists, those water tables are still at historic lows, but we are grateful. The plants and animals are delighted. Suddenly, from the previously crispy-fried dead grass, new grass has shot forth, wildflowers have erupted from nowhere, and the feast of life is served!
The first flowers to spring up are the lovely gayfeathers. What a name! Makes me want to pick one, and wear it in the logan green hat of my Maid Marion costume! The photo below is how they look alongside the road near my house. (To see any of these photos at full size, just click on them!)
If you get right up on the gayfeathers, you will see that their petals are delicate fronds. This one is being cleaned of any excess pollen by a busy bee.
Nearby are tall stands of Maximillian Sunflowers. I like the way the stalks are crowded like highrise buildings. These are two days old.
I couldn't quit with just one photograph, so here is another. These happy flowers waited for four months without rain, for more than 70 days of temperatures over 100 degrees, and then sprang up with hope and promise.
Not far from the tall yellow sunflowers were these blue wildflowers. I like them, even if I don't know their name yet. [blue sage, a.k.a. Salvia Azurea, according to nanatehay thanks!]
Look closely at the white petals below and see the visiting spider there. I had no idea until I saw the enlarged image on my screen! [our resident OS expert, nanatahey, says the flower is Snow-on-the-mountain, Euphorbia Marginata. Thanks, again!]
The black wasps on the goldenrod were so busy with their heads down in the pollen, I could get right up to them. They remind me of the black skirted ladies tending the alter vestments in the churches down in old Mexico.
Finally, Texas is having the kind of beautiful weather that invites us outside to enjoy. Thanks for coming along with me today to share in the rain's bounty.
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images © diana ani stokely 2011