Spring arrived early in my part of the world, and everything seems to be blooming two or even three weeks ahead of schedule. These happy orange flowers cover sunny slopes here and there around Seattle. You can often find them along highways or on big open hilly places, such as Chambers Bay trails which go over a pretty meadow and gold course, by the shores of Puget Sound, south of Tacoma. I've been wishing to find a place where California poppies (their other names are California sunlight, or cup of gold) are within reach for us photographers. But I hadn't expected to see the whole hill covered with them on my 2-hour hike today.
So as I was going down the big hill, I noticed the happiest of colors, orange, and couldn't help but stop and snap a few pictures with my phone. Justin at the same time was moving towards me from the lowest part of the park, and as he looked up to find me with his eyes, the first person he saw was this woman in a blue top and straw hat admiring the poppies. He came closer and introduced himself... wait a minute, that was over 10 years ago... My goodness, I do get carried away. Now, where was I? Oh yes, that's right. He came to me and took a few pictures of this sweet little field of happiness.
California poppies are native to the US and Mexico and considered the official state flower of California. It grows naturally in a few other states, Oregon and Washington included, and just like I said, you can spot them on open sunny slopes. They usually come in orange, but sometimes I see yellow ones too.
I think I have their sisters in my own little garden, they were planted here
long before we moved in, and are in full bloom now. (Photo above)
It was about 80 F today, and while it is breezy by the Sound, it gets stuffy up the hill and in the woods where a good half of my hike took place. Even in this flowy top made of breezy cotton, I felt hot. Then I remembered that I have buttons on the back and unbuttoned a couple, just as Jazzy Jack suggested. Aww, much better!
Top and pants - Old Navy
Hat and sunglasses - Lane Bryant
Sandals - Clarks (last year)
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