Starflower blooms in masses on the forest floor, deep in the shade. I’ve done many closeups of single flowers that bring out the tiny bright anthers in the center, but groups of them look beautiful as well:



From a lovely wildflower area, the same place where I found the columbines in the last post:


It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen lupine – their tall stems stand out from the other flowers in a glorious way.


Columbine in green horsetail moss:


Another extreme closeup of a flower, this time a colorful garden iris:


A closeup of the center of a violet:


A group of tiny wildflower blooms:

There can be a group of a dozen, or a carpet of hundreds of blooms.

Mertensia virginica

Another kind of bluebell, this one is a wildflower:


Garden bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) from California:

The third cascade

Another section of the Cataract Trail at Mt Tamalpais:

The fourth cascade

I’ve just come back from a trip to California, including a hike down the Cataract Trail on the west side of Mt Tamalpais. It had just rained, and the flow of water was glorious:

There’s seemingly another cascade at each turn of the trail. This isn’t really the fourth one, but it is the fourth one I photographed.