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Late April Wildflowers at Pulgas Ridge

Many of my favorites are blooming now at Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve. The thistle are as tall as I am in some places, and I am not a short woman. Very nice for taking photos without having to squat down low to the ground (a skill I am developing specifically for my flower photography.

Oh and the buckeye is finally flowering! This is a tree I eagerly anticipate blossoming because it smells so wonderful.

Fairy lanterns, I mean who doesn’t like something called a Fairy Lantern?

fairy lanterns

There are a couple of big bushes of this purple flower, which I believe is a type of honeysuckle, also fabulously fragrant.

honeysuckle purple

Finally, wild strawberries. Several varieties are blooming, this one was particularly photogenic.

open wild strawberry blossom

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