Swallowtail butterfly in Trinity county, California
I love both this flower, and the butterfly. The butterflies, Swallowtails you see all around Trinity and Shasta counties, and all of California.
The flower on the other hand, I have only seen in Trinity county along the Trinity river. My mother called it a Chinese Lilac but I am not sure that is what it is. We didn’t plant it, and it just came up along the river. The insects and butterflies do love it.
Please if you know the actual name of the flower let me know. It is also very fragrant.
Saturday there was the Lion Dance at the Joss House in Weaverville. It is to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year. This is about the third time I have been to the Joss House in my life. I do not think many people that live around Weaverville visit it often.
This is definately something you want to see if you are visiting Weavervile.
The dance was interesting and kids were performing, they were great. It looks like hard work.
The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds
The temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned.
Here is a link to the local non profit organization to learn more about the Weaverville Joss house, in northern California.
Magnolia trees have large, blooms and they are magnificent.
These beautiful huge white and creamy colored flowers were on a Magnolia tree in Redding, California. These trees are usually very large in Redding. This one had flowering blooms low to the ground and easy to take pictures of.
Beautiful magnolia trees in Shasta county.
Magnolias are a very old plant and have survived on earth since before the ice age, millions of years ago. The evergreen magnolia shown, is one of the types that is in Redding, CA.