Clueless

One of the reasons I like hiking a little higher up is that the alpine wild flowers are so pretty. However, in the spring, the lower woodland blooms are just lovely... I can never walk by without enjoying them and it's so cool to be able to take the big camera and get a decent picture! With my other camera, I didn't get such vibrant color and had a hard time shooting in low light... so views were fine, but shooting in the woods wasn't very successful.

Oregon_grape

The Oregon Grape is very mundane during the summer (I think), but the spring bloom adds a ton of color to the low brush!

Trillium

One of my personal favorites... Trillium! Three petals, three leaves... how can you go wrong? The sad thing was, I saw a number of these crumpled on the trail... people had picked them and discarded them. Very sad.

I have no idea what this last flower is.

What_is_it

Of course it might help if I took a shot that was in focus!

Pretty_yella_flower

Does anyone know? Although there were a few close to the trail, they were sprinkled up the hill sides, sometimes clumped around moss, so clearly they like moisture...

In other news, I've got a new recipe on the cooking site and the family thinks it's a winner! I've got another one planned in the next few days as well!

The weather in this area is supposed to hit the mid eighties by Friday and I'm not ready! [will my shorts still fit?] Because our weather is so moderate for much of the year, when we get into actual heat, I start fumbling for what to do about dinner... mostly because we have no AC so any cooking heats up the kitchen. I can only grill so much! I'd certainly be open to ideas or suggestions!

Asthmagirl out!