I've been forced to add an afternoon walk to my daily routine.
One in the morning just isn't enough,
what with the lingering sunshine,
the new flowers popping up everywhere,
the sound of a tumbling creek...
Of course, I take my camera, so you can come along with me.
First stop is the big pond, so Max can cool off...
Belle gets close enough for a drink, but rarely wades in past her two front paws.
She prefers lounging in the sand until Max decides he's thoroughly soaked.
Yellow is still the main color of the season...
(I found out these are called Golden Groundsels - I still prefer Yellow Explosions.)
...but blue and purple are popping up everywhere, too.
I loved the delicate furl of these... um, I'm not sure what these are.
If flowers could talk, the one below would be shouting "PARTY!", don't you think?
It's technical name is "Sensitive Briar" but I prefer "Pink Party"...
So far there's only one of these Indian Blankets blooming.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a blanket of Indian Blankets!
Unfortunately, there are more things sprouting than beautiful flowers...
Be careful not to trip on these vines.
This is one of the paths I take on my afternoon walk.
The creek is just to my right.
My absolute favorite spot...
It's obvious now that many trees didn't make it through the drought.
The shadows of bare branches on the trunk of this tree caught my eye.
The dreamiest blue...
Don't these look like tiny irises?
These tiny pink flowers are spreading everywhere...
...and butterflies love them!