Flowers

Floris van Breugel on March 14th, 2017

Last weekend Aubrey and I joined the rest of Southern California in Anza-Borrego State Park to enjoy the desert wildflowers. It was beautiful out, but wow, never have I seen that many people there, or anywhere in the desert. We mostly avoided the high traffic blooms of sand verbena and dune primrose along Henderson Canyon …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on July 4th, 2016

In our backyard in Pasadena we have a huge Agave americana, also known as the century plant, which decided this year to put out it’s one and only bloom. The agave is native to very arid environments in Mexico and the southern US, and it has evolved to spend 10-30 years (no, not a full …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on March 8th, 2016

It’s been all over the news, yes, Death Valley is in bloom! A rare “super bloom” as you have likely heard it called. So, being fortunate enough to live just a few hours away, I made some trips out there to experience it (along with many other SoCal citizens). Yes, it really is quite spectacular. …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on April 1st, 2015

It had been a while since I’d had a breath of fresh air (the Pasadena air isn’t quite up to par with what the northwest offered), so I recently spent some time researching unique views of beautiful mountains. I settled on a quick visit to Yosemite, driving through the night straight to the GPS coordinates …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on May 5th, 2014

After spending two weeks in the (sometimes unbearable) heat of Mexico, it was a relief to come home to the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest. The winter rains are (slowly) subsiding, and I returned just in time for the arrival of spring. Over the past few weeks I’ve had several chances to get out …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on July 31st, 2013

“If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.” – Bhagavad Gita (Hindu holy book) This view – the thousands of radiant flowers, endless wild valleys, glaciated peaks, and the life giving warmth of our dazzling sun – is …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on April 30th, 2013

After a long and dark winter, it’s finally that glorious time of year when the spring wildflowers emerge from their slumber. Together with the sun, they begin in the east, greeting the world with open hearts and smiling faces. This weekend I went out to Wenatchee, on the east side of the cascade range, to …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on May 21st, 2012

A few weeks ago I visited the fields of blooming Balsamroot and Lupine in Columbia Hills State Park. While listening to a symphony of Western Meadowlarks greeting the morning sun, Adam Gibbs (a friend and photographer from Vancouver) said to me, “You don’t realize how much you miss those sounds when you’re in the city.” …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on April 24th, 2012

After spending a month in the record breaking rainy March of the Pacific Northwest it was nice to be back in sunny California for a few days. I grew up near Shell Ridge, which is at the base of Mt Diablo. Just a few hundred yards from my parents house is a paradise of rolling …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on September 10th, 2011

The intense snowpack this year in the mountains in Washington has resulted in flower blooms that are up to a month later than usual – some areas probably won’t melt out at all this year before the fall snow starts to fall! Here’s two images from a quick trip to Hurricane Ridge a few weeks …Read the Rest…

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