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Friday, April 27, 2018

Springtime Flowers are Starting to Bloom!

In our alpine world, we lag behind much of the rest of our country in terms of spring flowers. Only a few species are blooming now.

One is our wild crocus, also known as a Pasqueflower. They are popping up from every snow-free spot on the ground. I love their brilliant yellow.

And I love their petals with purple highlights.

Over our years here, the Pasqueflower has come to represent all my dreams for the coming spring and summer. I love when it is blooming because we have months and months of daylight, sunshine, and relaxation ahead of us.
One reason why Pasqueflowers can thrive as our earliest bloomer is that they can close their petals tightly whenever it snows or gets cold. I've seen a blossom survive a snowstorm of several feet. It emerged after the big melt to open its petals to the sunshine once again!

Most of our world still looks dormant. Dried grass and flowers still dominate the meadows where Shyla and I play.

However, I've started to see a tiny hint of green in some places. Do you see it in the aspen grove behind Shyla as she took a flying leap?

My Shyla has continued her wonderful new habit of "covering my back" while I focus in on tiny flowers. It takes all my concentration to get a flower that is only a half inch across into focus. Shyla is even more wonderful than these "Spring Beauty" flowers!
Happy Springtime. We have so much to look forward to!


  1. You and your mom are the bestest team ever, Shyla! We love your Pasqueflowers!

  2. Horray for spring, and all it brings.

  3. i love the expression on her face as she leaps that log in front of all the golden background. priceless. yellow is my favorite color for flowers and this one is stunning and new to me... i don't put yellow in my house or where it, but i love yellow flowers

  4. Hari Om
    Bouncy bouncy bouncy...spring! YAM xx

  5. I just love the DoF in that last picture!! Of course it still can't compare to a happy Shyla!

  6. Hidey Ho R, Shyla and Mom
    My Dad has been celebrating his bday all day so far. My peeps had their BFFF's over for lunch and ice cream cake which I hear was very good. We love your photos as always.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. Those are amazing flowers and Shyla is such a joy!

  8. Looking forward to seeing Shyla running in a field of yellow flowers.

  9. Such beautiful flowers! And GORGEOUS photos of Shyla!

  10. You're so lucky! Our grass is starting to turn a little green, but we don't have any flowers yet! I thought I had some crocus, but I don't see them this year. I might have to plant some this fall, since they are typically earlier than the daffodils I'm still waiting for!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  11. You are ahead of Minnesota! We don't have anything blooming around here yet.

  12. We are really greening up with lots of sunshine! Wonderful photos
    Hazel & Mabel

  13. What a wonderful place to romp and run.
    Enjoy your spring days, with so much more to follow!
    Wyatt and Tegan

  14. Oh gurls! That looks most amazin'!!! I would loves to join you! your world up there just looks beautifuls
    Ruby ♥

  15. Such gorgeous flowers you have in your world! I know how you feel about the season-signalling. The bloodroot opened here yesterday - which, in my personal calendar, means it is now Spring! And I'm feeling halfway functional today, too, so have high hopes of moving a few things off the "to do in Spring" list before taking Piper for a roam in the forest. Happy Saturday to you and yours and all your readers, KB!

  16. A nearby neighbor has a small pasqueflower that bloomed a couple weeks ago. Such a beautiful respite from an way too abundantly brown winter.


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