Oklahoma. My commute takes me through the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.
A phone pic from today......
Blue Angels tore overhead too practicing for tomorrow!
Redwood National Park is just up the road from us, so we did a quick day hike. It is hard to capture the scale and beauty of the trees, plus we saw a few elk and deer.
It sure is. These are from the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which is a bit further south.
In 1976 on my first visit to California, and only second to the USA, I went to the Sequoia Natl Park. So incredible! I had made a bit of preparation by bringing my walking/climbing boots but also needed to get local maps. At the ranger station I got a large scale map (USGS, think it was 1:50,0000) and asked if they had a compass to sell me. No was the answer, so I asked if people never got lost in those mountains. "Sir, people do not get out of their vehicles in those mountains" was the answer.
I did spot a bobcat but it clocked me while moving as slowly as I could to get my camera and it was gone in an instant /
In fact navigation turned out not to need a compass for a day stroll. Stay on top of the ridge you're on and when it's time to go back turn through 180 degrees.
3 snaps I took today of British wildflowers
Snap 1 is a newly emerging flower spike on the northern marsh orchid.
Snap 2 Red campion.
Snap 3 the stunning ,wood cranesbill .
Humboldt Redwoods is also a beautiful place. We live midway between the two parks and have spent a lot of time at both.
That is the truth. I am shocked at how few people you see at busy parks once you are a mile or further from a road.
Yup. In late November I did not see another person, or even car on the road, until I descended below below the 4,000 ft -ish cloud/smoke/smog cover above the Central Valley. It was so lovely and clear above there.
Peonies busted out nicely
We're not in Darwin any more Toto.
Rainbow lorikeets. NSW south coast, Australia.
Was it wascally?
What a beautiful birdy
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