Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Roadsides In Bloom..........

I've been inspired......

As mentioned in my last post, Fred First has started a project called "Unplanted Gardens: America's Roadside Bloomery". Wildflowers being near and dear to my heart, of course I had to participate.

With the craziness of my summer so far, my camera has been gathering dust..... not to mention it is currently being held together by duct tape until I can afford a new one. I have not been inspired to go "picture hunting" for a while now, but this project made me start seeing through a photographer's eye again. So I have been taking particular note of the roadside blooms again and have been snapping, snapping, snapping. :)

I submitted a photograph....the fifth one in the gallery, of wild daisies. But here are some extra beautiful blooms that have been catching my eye, also.






What a beautiful world, indeed!

So now that the word is out, you have no excuse! I have yet to see wildflowers in the gallery from Missouri (Mike!), the Pacific Northwest (Kirsten!), New York (L.L.), California (Sue!) or Florida (Moi and Christianne!)...... hint, hint! You can click here to see the official rules and gallery so far.......

Hope to see some of you over there soon........

27 comments:

JAM said...

I like the third one best, then the fourth one. The second one isn't showing up for some reason, but I'm not on a great computer.

Lovely shots.

I remember our time living in Texas, and how the medians and sides of the highways would be crazy with wildflowers.

photowannabe said...

Not so many wildflowers here but plenty of dried grass everywhere.
the gallery should be fun. I'll see what I can come up with.

bluemountainmama said...

sue, i forgot that you guys have had so much heat and wildfires.....
i guess that would make for slim- pickings

Anna said...

Lovely roadside shots! :) Saw your sis tonight. I sure am going to miss her and I am so glad that you are back with us.

Faye Pekas said...

I love wildflowers too and these are beautiful. Love the variety of colors.

Joel and Jaime said...

Beautiful pictures! And it's so nice to be reading posts from you again :)

Christianne said...

I agree -- great to be seeing posts and comments from you again, Blue! (I left some responses to your most recent comments on my blog, too.)

I can speak from experience that Kirsten and L.L. would offer lovely photographs for the gallery. I, on the other hand, am lazy with the camera. I'd probably be less lazy if I had a slimline digital that I could keep in my purse. :)

Oh, and I love the way the purple flowers keep getting closer and closer to us in the frame on those middle shots. Very dramatic! I felt like they were drawing near to say a friendly hi.

L.L. Barkat said...

I second Christianne on the purple flowers. So beautiful! I've never seen any like this.

I don't carry a camera in the car, but I'd be happy to share a backyard wildflower shot. Hope that's okay! (I just won't enter it in the gallery, 'cause it's breaking the rules.)

Oh, and how wonderful to hear from you. I've been thinking of you lately, wondering how you are.

kenju said...

I love all the pics! The flowers are so beautiful; I can hardly believe it wasn't planned.

Moi said...

Love them, love them , love them. but we hardly have them here in Florida. guess, it's the heat. But i sure shall go and find some for you, Blue :)
Keep the faith!!! ;)

Anonymous said...

Great post sweetie. I'll try and put a new duct tape patch on the camera tonight when i get home. That way you don't have to hold the battery flap up with your pinky ;-).

Dan

bluemountainmama said...

dan.... i have a better idea! :)

bluemountainmama said...

l.l.- i think the purple flower is bull thistle, but i'm not certain. and i'm not sure about the yellow....perhaps goldenrod? if someone knows for sure, let me know.

there is also an abundance of chicory and day lilies right now....

Mike said...

It is so good to see you back around. I will get something over to the roadside flower site soon. I just need to pick something out or better yet get out and take some more pictures!

Thanks for the poem you posted on my Wilson's Creek series. I really enjoyed it.

kirsten said...

Oooh, what a terrific project!! I wanna, I wanna ... now, where did my camera go? (still in transition with moving, of course ...)

bluemountainmama said...

kirsten...cool! i'll be looking forward to seeing your local flora....

hope the moving is going well... i feel your pain. :)

inspired said...

Natures natural beauty :o]

fred said...

Very nice? Yes, bull thistle and probably the yellow one is golden alexander or a close relative in the carrot family (apiaaceae or umbelliferae).

bluemountainmama said...

thanks, fred.....

Natalee said...

blue mountain,
you know, you reminded me of mary ellen and then i just found out that she's your sister. ;) Wow, small world. please tell her hello for me.
you inspire me to take in beauty...
thanks.
nat

bluemountainmama said...

very cool natalee.... i'd be interested in finding out how you know mary. it is a small world indeed!

glad that you are being inspired. i know how hard it can be finding beauty and inspiration when going through the everyday routines of being a momma to young children. luckily we live in a gorgeous part of the country that never ceases to WOW me...

backpakker said...

I like flowers ...especially the wild ones...and very few people actually spend time to look at them ...reminds me of somthing that I read abt desert roses-born to bloom and blush unnoticed

L.L. Barkat said...

No wildflowers on my blogs yet (sorry!), but there is a call to action for today and tomorrow, regarding the Farm Bill which is now up for discussion in Congress. Details on both my blogs.

I thought of you, because I know how much you care about rural communities, small farms and questions of food and sustainability.

bluemountainmama said...

thanks for the heads up, l.l.- i'll be over soon to check it out!

colleen said...

Makes me want to go out with my camera! I missed most of the rhododendron blooms when I was in Mass.

Anna said...

Thinking of you and hoping you are well there! :)

busybusymomma said...

Beautiful! I LOVE wildflowers. :)