Last year, there was only one pink delphinium among the blue. This year, there are two. This year there are at least twice the number of flower spikes as there were in the past. It is a small patch that is getting healthier and that brings me joy.
Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study.
The number is based on actual extinctions rather than estimates, and is twice that of all bird, mammal and amphibian extinctions combined.
Scientists say plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than what would be expected naturally.
In May, a UN report estimated that one million animal and plant species were threatened with extinction. (http://Plant extinction ‘bad news for all species’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48584515)
Here are some of the delicate clarkias (wine cups) that face extinction here in Big Sur due to off-roading:
How do these delicate flowers face extinction here in Big Sur? From this:
Photo by Ken Ekelund.
Dudleya. If you know the location, please do not reveal. As many of you know, these have been subject to poaching up and down the CA and OR coast by visitors who then ship thousands overseas for profit. Take photos, not plants.
Here are some wildflowers we have not seen down here before. The first one is from Gail D. The second one is from Rock Knocker. Enjoy your wonderful Sunday. Namasté
This is the first yellow Indian Paintbrush I have ever seen up here.
And always a favorite place to photograph:
Unless there is yet another serious emergency, I am taking the day off. Barbara, thank you for these. They are gorgeous, and much better than a live bouquet! I can enjoy them for YEARS!
I truly love spring!
Bluebonnet Lupine (Lupinus palmeri) with Owl’s Clover (Castilleja exserta) in the left corner. California poppies thrown in for contrast.
Field of bluebonnets
Western Columbine (Aquilegia Formosa)
There is a patch of Delphiniums I have watched for years. It is not a big patch. Some years, it is only 1/2 a dozen or so, other years, it is a couple dozen or so. Never bigger. As all wildflower lovers know, Delphiniums are blue.
This year, “my” patch has a pink one. This is not the clearest photo I’ve ever taken, but the wind was blowing it around. I will try again tomorrow, but for now, enjoy this version.