Wildlife Refuge and Botanic Gardens
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is bursting with desert blossoms this year due to late spring rain. These prickly pears produce fruit that will feed and water wildlife this summer.
A chilly overcast April day suits photography just as Santa Cruz climate befits the Southern Hemisphere plants thriving at the Arboretum. This Rose Coneflower will bloom for weeks.
A beautiful warm, sunny day in late March brought me to Filoli Garden, a place that I never found time to visit pre-pandemic. Such variety and abundance!
Between COVID and the coldness of winter, I’m happy staying in. But outdoors, in early February, magnificent magnolias begin their bright annual show.