Silverswords

Plants are not something I normally photograph but this is an exception.  The Silverswords is found only within a 250 acre area on Mount Haleakala, on the island of Maui. It lives 10-50 years and ends it’s life when this stalk grows to 6 feet high and creates hundreds of red flowers.  I’ve seen this plant in that state two years ago but have never seen the beginning of that growth as represented in this photo.  There are two very small Silverwoods to the left and right that are just starting their cycle.

Haleakala
Haleakala

Leftovers

Ear in the Wind Monument Valley
Ear in the Wind Monument Valley
Monument Valley Butte
Monument Valley Butte
Painted Desert Cenntenal
Painted Desert Centennial
Flowers of Painted Desert
Flowers of Painted Desert
Canyon de Chelly Sycamores
Canyon de Chelly Sycamores
Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon

All of the shots I posted from my recent trip to Northern Arizona were the popular ones that most have seen or heard about.  The ones I wanted in my collection.  Today I thought I would post a few photos of the same areas but scenes that are not as common.

Central Coast Poppies

Central Coast Poppies

There are many more Death Valley photos but today I decided no editing.  I got out in my own neighborhood and had a fun day taking random shots in the middle of the day.  You don’t always need the golden hours.  I found this hillside full of Poppies just south of Cambria, CA and had to jump a fence and hike a bit to get there but it was well worth it.  Could have stayed all afternoon.

Red and Green

Red and Green (1 of 1)

I make a weekly trek to San Luis Obispo to pick up whole beans at Peet’s Coffee.  It’s a busy and active place with a lot of foot traffic which makes it an interesting place for people watching.  This lady asked if I was “taking a picture of the pretty geraniums”?  Little did she know.