Singing in the Rain

Praise God.  Manna from heaven in the form of rain.  On Tuesday and Wednesday this week it rained a total of 2 inches.  In the broad scheme for many places, that isn’t much.  But for this location, it’s a wonderful blessing.

Some places nearby received an additional inch or more a few days earlier.  So we’re seeing bright green grasses and chartreuse-colored new leaves on trees.

yellowflowersEven before the rain, I noticed these clumps along the highway.  There are so many varieties of small yellow flowers that one has to be more knowledgeable than I am to differentiate between them.

yellowflowers4This could be a Dwarf Dandelion, also called Jimmyweed or Rayless Goldenrod of the aster family.

yellowflowers3This looks like Parralena or Common Dogweed in the aster family.

yellowpoppy2Some kind of yellow poppy, I think.  Notice the common factor in all these pictures is that the flowers grow in a thin layer of rocky soil.  They also favor soil that has been disturbed, like along the edge of a road.

white2This is probably a Fleabane Daisy.

bluebonnetsFinally, the Texas Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are coming out in our area.  They are so distintive that there’s no problem identifying them.  They were adopted as the state flower in 1901.

Rain and warm weather will turn the whole state into a wildflower lover’s dream.  So far, we just haven’t had enough moisture for a widespread production of all the old favorites.

“My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth. I wanted future generations to be able to savor what I had all my life.”  Ladybird Johnson

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