Snoqualmie Falls outside of Seattle. That’s the Twin Peaks “Great Northern Hotel” in the background .
Crystal Basin Park in the El Dorado National Forest.
Rolling through Fort Liggett, California.
I stopped to take a photo of these purplish flowers and it wasn’t until I focused that I saw this beautiful butterfly.
I think it’s called a pipevine swallowtail, but I’m not sure. I think it’s unusual to be seeing butterflies this early in spring, isn’t it?
The desert in SoCal is filled with lavender, buzzing with bees.
Bee populations dwindling? Not in the desert. Further support for my friend’s theory that cell phone waves are killing the bees. No cell phones out there…
The bark that covers these trees in Yosemite is cool, maybe even as cool as the red bark covering the manzanita trees. It is all layered and flaky and about three inches deep.
I love these trees, too–although some people prefer to call them ‘bushes’ over ‘small trees.’ I always thought that this reddish-brown stuff covering them was some sort of tree sap or resin, but it is actually their bark. You learn something new every day!
Yosemite is very beautiful. I think it is very odd that this is one of its biggest attractions, El Capitan: