It was a busy day. It began with flowers in my own garden…
Orchid Frost Lamium
…and expanded to include a whole number of beautiful wild flowers. As I type, I am thinking about the special friends who also shared this day with me. I am so grateful!
We had a meet up at Station Flats to do the Diamond T hike, a good early conditioning hike. Val, Cathy, Oliver and I were an eager little group. The link provided is a 2016 map, but will be helpful if you want to know where to pull off for the trail head.
Cathy retires this year, so a little Naked Grape Blue was served at our picnic spot.
Mountain Shooting Star
Red Paintbrush, Orobanchacea.
Purple Virgin’s Bower, Clematis verticellis
Raising the glass in celebration of Cathy’s amazing career as a teacher. She has impacted so many people along the way. She has a stunningly huge heart and I am blessed to call her ‘friend’.
Oliver is waving at the bottom of a very very long hill.
Canada Violets (I LOVE THESE!)
Wild Geranium or ‘Sticky Geranium’
Canada Anemone, Anemone canadensis
I had a two p.m. meet up with the ladies at Bankside in Fish Creek Park for their annual litter pick up. I knew I was going to be late by a bit, so sent a message to one of my sister-friends and ended up connecting without very much hassle. I had fun sharing conversation, weather, but not much litter at all along this particular walk. My friends are the very best for being open to fun and good times.
While we didn’t verbally acknowledge it, this day, my friend Ramona’s birthday, was a perfect celebration of the Summer Solstice.
Ox Eye Daisy
While the sky was threatening and the air very humid, I was grateful that the weather held and we made our way back to our cars. It was magical to see a lovely bride and her wedding party making their way to the river’s edge and I’m glad that they had only the mosquitoes to contend with, but no lightening.
Happy Summer Solstice to all of my readers.