Today’s post comes from Reneeinnd.
We had four inches of rain the week leading up to July 4. That probably doesn’t sound like much to most Baboons, but out here it is really something. The rain came perfectly, an inch at a time every other day or so. The weather on July 4 was also perfect. It was a comfortable 75 degrees with a slight wind, just enough to keep the biting insects off. My best friend was visiting from the Cities, and we decided to take a hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, just a 40 minute drive.
We have lived here for 30 years, and I have never seen as many wild flowers and berries as I did on our hike. The rain led to perfect conditions for plants to show off their petals. There were the usual wild roses, clematis, tiny bell flowers, flea bane, and sunflowers. We missed the flowering prickly pear cactus by a couple of days. They had all set fruit. It was amazing to see less common flowers, especially ones that have a counterpart in our garden in town.
There were tons of wild Monarda.
Here is our city counterpart.
We also found wild lupine.
Our city lupine is currently spent , with nothing but leaves.
Cone flowers are showy natives.
The City ones are somewhat over the top.
We found lots of buffalo berries and this old fellow all alone, without a herd. He seems to be ancient.
We don’t have buffalo berries in town, but we have red currants.
Some of the wild flowers stay where they are, like the country mouse. Others make the leap to be like the city mouse.
What kind of mouse are you?