Our brief spring is over and the trees are now in full leaf.
An American kestral has been checking the place out.
It is a long while since I have had time to go on a hike, but the other day I abandoned chores and went up onto the north dunes.
As always, the desert landscape fascinates me.
I was delighted to find a new flower. I had seen the leaves on numerous occasions, but never any fruit or seeds, so I often wondered what the plant was. The only summer I have spent here before was 2013 – I was always at Nuk Tessli before – and last year I was still on crutches after the knee replacement so never came this far at this time.
Now that it had flowers, I could identify it. This innocuous little blossom has the rather intriguing common name of Bastard Toadflax.
Nearby were bear tracks: no obvious claws so a black bear, but fairly large and alone so I suspect a male.
It was a day of clouds and shadows.
Back on my road, cutleaf fleabane was blooming.
The next day was equally beautiful and rain was forecast later so I went to the south bluffs. (It never did rain, but it was a good excuse!)
Here is Harry on top. It looks as though he has a bunch of blackflies whizzing round his head, but in fact there are hardly any flies so far and the dots are rough-winged swallows.
At the end of the south bluffs, you can see for miles.
A trail I have flagged but not yet brushed out took me to a viewpoint on the way home. You can’t see it, but my house is on the left in the middle distance.
As I dropped down to a bit of grassy meadow, there were the first blue-eyed grasses. (It’s not a grass with a flower like that, of course: it is a member of the iris family.)
The upper pond is half empty already: there has really been very little runoff water this year.
On it were a bunch of mallards and a pair of green-winged teal.