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I took this on a 13 acre vacant lot my friend just bought in Placerville, CA. It’s an interesting bit of hilly property adorned with scrub oaks and manzanita.

Early in the year it was filled with chest-high weeds. But, those weeds have since died off leaving a soft layer of leaves and new grass.

I shot these flowers four times from every angle I could see. Finally, right before we left the light started to soften and I caught something I enjoy.

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Ocotillo: Featured in Flickr Explore

Big news; Flickr’s inscrutable algorithm has just chosen both of these images for Flickr Explore. It’s an exciting day for ocotillo everywhere!

Our upcoming & much-anticipated trip to Zion, Bryce and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has gotten shoved back to spring of 2018.

No worries, though, we’re on our annual New Year retreat to Palm Springs and its environs. I’ve always like the ocotillo. I tried to grow one many years ago and it was surprisingly difficult to establish. In fact, I ended up killing the little guy.

The fact is that even a healthy ocotillo can look kinda dead for a good part of the year. Then, suddenly, they burst into bloom. You judge. Who is the star of these photos, the ocotillos or the rocks in the background?

The countdown is on; there are fewer than six hours of 2017 left.

Happy 2018

Ocotillo 1
Ocotillo 1
Ocotillo 2
Ocotillo 2
Ocotillo: Featured in Flickr Explore