Last weekend, Jeff & I went exploring along the dirt/back roads in the East Mountains, where we live. What a great place to live, with all of this wonderful beauty surrounding us! Above is just a lovely scene along one of the roads we explored - love the sort of half-falling down barbed wire fence!
The above image just reminded me of days gone by, and the beauty and loneliness of railroad tracks. Altho originally, this image was in color, I think this sepia toned image better captures the spirit of yesterday.
And, of course, what would exploring be if not to see what wildflowers there are! The above bloom, which I think may be yarrow, was found in what we think was a deserted small mining operation. Nature has now re-claimed that area!
The color of the above bloom makes me think it may be a western wallflower, but, again, I'm semi-guessing, since I don't have my wildflower book open beside me! In any event, I just love the fact that there are orange wildflowers in this area! I always think of wildflowers as being colors like pink, purple, yellow, etc., but not orange. Love the boldness of the color!
I love the tiny little purple blooms above - again, a bit bolder in color, but such delicate little things. Just for some perspective, each little flower is smaller than the size of a penny - maybe about half the size of the face of a penny - tiny perfection!
And, finally, this lovely bloom that almost always seems to be growing in the middle of the road when I see it! In this case, however, it was growing in among the rocks of what looked to be the remains of a cabin from long ago. Again, nature seems to have re-claimed the area!