River in Bloom   Leave a comment

The yellow-flowered mustard I think is called yellow rocket has taken over the riverbanks.  It’s making quite a show, whether you look upriver . . .

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Downriver . . .

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Or straight across . . .

rocket 1It’s quite a show.

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The deadwood from fire and drought is being overshadowed by a sea of yellow.  The recent thunderstorms have helped a lot.  It’s made walking difficult, though, as it covers the irregularities in the sand and half-buried windfall.  Every once in a while, when there’s a bit of wind, you’ll hear a rending crack and thump as yet another dead willow goes down.  Every time I walk down to the water, I have to find a new path.  It’s going to be interesting to see what the summer brings.

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Posted May 14, 2016 by stablewoman in Kern River

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