Category: Flowers: Wild and Otherwise

Strawberry Hedgehog and DYCs

Strawberry Hedgehog Flower

When I was first starting to learn about wildflowers, I learned about DYCs. DYC is an acronym for Damn Yellow Composite and refers to the gazillion yellow wildflower species that are composites. (A composite — in wildflower terms, anyway — is a flower whose center is full of tiny flowers itself. A sunflower is an example of a composite.) Learning about DYCs was both good and bad: I had a name for a lot of flowers (sorta) so I didn’t feel that I had to learn anything at all about them. So … to this day, they’re all DYCs as far as I’m concerned.

In any case, the photo really is of a strawberry hedgehog cactus blossom with a few DYCs in front of and around it. I don’t see hedgehogs growing wild too often so it’s pretty hard to resist getting a photo when I do.


Passover/Easter Pasqueflowers

Wild Pasqueflowers

It’s said that pasqueflowers derive their name from the Hebrew word “pesach” (for Passover) or perhaps from the Christian “paschal mystery” (for Easter). In any case, both are celebrated today and these little wild pasqueflowers showed up just yesterday on the east side of the Sandias. Perfect timing!

May you find much joy in whatever you’re celebrating today, even if it’s something as simple as having survived another day. 🙂


Last Sunflower Bud

Sunflower Bud

I think I may have mentioned before that there’s virtually no form of sunflowers that I don’t totally love. This little bud was one of the very last this year, I’m sure. I saw it on Halloween in the Rio Grande Bosque (northwest Albuquerque).


Summer Meets Fall

Woolly Mullein, Fourth of July Canyon

Woolly mullein still blooming in Fourth of July Canyon (Manzano Mountains). Rocky Mountain maple leaves give the background its red/orange hue.


McGaffey Meadow

McGaffey Meadow

Crazy late-season wildflowers and green grass in a meadow outside the mostly abandoned town of McGaffey (south of Ft. Wingate). The pink/purple flowers are thistles; I didn’t recognize the yellow flowers. And yes, that patch of yellow in the distance is a bunch of flowers too. Definitely not an everyday sight.


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