jewels in the fog

March 04, 2019  •  4 Comments

After a rather interesting week, comprised of snow, mud, wind, sunshine, and fog, I am reminded of several photo shoots from years past at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.  It is one of those places that grabs you and won't let go, a little like parts of New Mexico.  Whether you call it a cape or a peninsula, Point Reyes juts out into the Pacific Ocean, collecting fog and its moisture almost every day.  When you shoot flowers there, it is a belly dancing, soggy, and delightful experience.  California poppies, foxgloves, meadow foam, and lupine shine like jewels through the fog and mist.

California and Mexican poppies are synonymous with the Southwestern United States desert areas, but they seem to be quite flexible, liking the moisture provided by the ocean as much as the lack of it.  The poppy bud shown below is cloaked with water droplets, courtesy of morning fog.

California poppy bud,  Point ReyesCalifornia poppy bud, Point Reyes  

The California poppy here has emerged from the lupine.

California poppy and lupine,  Point ReyesCalifornia poppy and lupine, Point Reyes


Foxglove are everywhere on Point Reyes, and they appear in varying shades of pink and fuchsia.

fuchsia foxglove Point Reyesfuchsia foxglove Point Reyes


This foxglove is surrounded by a lighter shade of lupine.

pink foxglove,  Point Reyespink foxglove, Point Reyes

It won't be long before the deserts, mesas, and mountains come alive with blooms, courtesy of El Niño moisture.


until next Monday,


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Dianne James(non-registered)
Yes, the yearning for green again. For flowers and veggies. For sweat and sore muscles. For the sweet scent of rain on soil, and a summer's worth of accomplishment. I'll be planting a lot more perennials this year, and your photos gives me courage and more excitement in the upcoming tasks. On your mark: I have seeds stratifying in the refrigerator, already. Get set: seed order is almost ready to send and straw bales to cook. I await the "Go" with anticipation. Thank you for the scrumptious photos this and every week! Love 'em.
elida hanson-finelli(non-registered)
One of our favorite coastal places to visit. Thank you for capturing so beautifully these iconic images of one of Califoronia’s beautiful coastline areas. This reminds me once again that we should never take for granted the beauty which stands before us. Thank you for sharing those memories!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
I'm so glad to be taken back to Point Reyes, one of my favorite places in the world. You've very effectively used the damp scene and shallow depth of field to focus our attention of the poppies, lupine and foxgloves. The water droplets on the poppy bud and open flower are perfection.
So lovely! It's almost spring!
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