Saturday, May 29, 2010

More Wildflower Comparisons

Wildflowers on our hiking hill seem to be growing more slowly this year than last year and the year before - earlier comparisons here - possibly because it's been unusually cold or because it's been unusually cloudy (I haven't verified either impression with weather data).

The first two shots compare a rocky area I routinely take pictures of when hiking. Flowers were going strong in late May of 2008; they were barely blooming yesterday.
May 28, 2010
May 25, 2008

The photos for this second area, a little farther down the hill where the paintbrush is blooming fairly well, aren't taken from exactly the same angle, but they nevertheless show a similar phenomenon: the flowers this year are so far not as far along as they were in mid-late April of 2009. We didn't get our usual April hot spell this year, which maybe is what got things going so well last year.
May 28, 2010
April 20, 2009

NOTE: Comparisons are more for the hiker's entertainment than for anything else, and taking pictures at the upper rocky area provides said hiker with incentive for going up the hill.


Gaelyn said...

Nice incentive.

I like taking pics from the same point many times through out the seasons.

Silver Fox said...

I don't quite get the angle right from year to year, but the overall effect is the same.