Beautiful bright pink and white poppy called rose chiffon poppy in California, a pink rose color with white in the center, and the bluish green background of the glaceous leaves.

California Poppies the State Flower

Bright orange poppy, California's state flower, typically light orange to bright orange as pictured here.
Orange poppy is the typical color of the California state flower.




Poppies are the state flower of California. The scientific name is Eschscholzia californiaca, California poppy, Californian poppy, golden poppy, California sunlight, and cup of gold.  The California Poppy is usually a light orange to bright orange color.

As a native of California, I have only heard of the California Poppy and Californian poppy. They are a drought tolerant flower, which could be why you can see them all they way down to Mexico.

California poppies grow everywhere in California spring, summer, and fall.  They have a very bluish pale green for leaves, with very odd shapes.  This type or color of greens is called glaucous which is a waxy white film over the plant. And you can wipe it away.







Beautiful bright pink and white poppy called rose chiffon poppy in California, a pink rose color with white in the center, and the bluish green background of the glaceous leaves.
Beautiful variation of the orange poppy called Rose Chiffon








This year in my flower garden some volunteer poppies came up.  Right in the edge of the rock garden.  I was so pleased.  Then, a pink with white poppy began to bloom.  It is called “rose chiffon” poppy.













Two California poppies one is the regular bright orange color. The other is a very light bright pink and white, this is a chiffon rose poppy, both in the same garden and volunteers! Amazing! Pictured is the orange and rose chiffon with a grey rock background and the glaucous leaves in the forground.
Beautiful orange California Poppy and a Chiffon Rose California Poppy a variation that is pink and white.
















Pale yellow colored California poppy called lemon bush.
Lemon Bush colored California Poppy

Then a pale yellow colored poppy popped up, this is called lemon bush poppy!

How amazing!


Bright red colored California poppy called Dali, bright red petals and orange inside, same glacous bluish green colored stem and leaves.
Dali California Poppy a red colored variation.







And then to my surprise, another color popped up!

Bright red! This one is called, Dali poppy.













All of these beautiful poppies in the same spot in my garden!  I have only seen the pale yellow and orange poppies, never pink or red!  What a lovely surprise!











Bright reddish orange flower oriental poppy with a dark purple blackish center that looks like a huge button.

Oriental Poppies at the Highland Art Center, Weaverville, CA

Bright orange, reddish colored oriental poppies at the Weaverville, Highland Art Center, CA. They are gorgeous!
These beautiful flowers are at the Highland Art Center.

These poppies are magnificent!  They are bright orange color, with hints of red and a very dark purple black to them.  These particular flowers have been growing at the Highland Art Center in Weaverville, California, for many years. I haven’t seen any as large anywhere else in California, but I am sure they are out there!

These poppies usually bloom in May, or late May, so you have time to make it there this year.  If you visit Weaverville, California, and enjoy art, you should stop in at the Highland Art Center.

They are located on Main street.  If you go in the spring, spring you will also see these wonderful flowers.




Oriental poppies in the yard of the Highland Art Center in historic Weaverville, CA, these are huge bright orange red colored flowers that have a huge black purple center and lots of greenery to contrast.
Oriental Poppies in northern California, town of Weaverville.

Also known as Papaver oreientale, these flowers are from the Caucuses of Turkey and northern Iran.  The are similar to ranuncula flowers, which are wonderful also.  I will have to go by the Art Center and see what they are looking like this year!








Beautiful close up of one bright organge poppy with greenery and an unopened bloom.
Papaver Orientale or Oriental Poppies.


Easter pic of Peeps in a bowl with jellie bellies all pink,and a baby soft lamb, and a little rabbit face cancle.

Easter Flower Bouquet with Peeps and Jelly Bellies

Easter flower arrangement, fish bowl with pink peeps and pink jelly bellies on the bottom and peeps facing out. Flowers in the bowl are gerbera daisies, and tulips.
Easter Flowers with Peeps and Jelly Bellies.

I made these Easter arrangements and just now getting around to putting them on my site.  They were a big hit!  Very easy to make also!  Can hold flowers, or whatever you want to put in the vase.  I used pink peeps and pink jelly bellies, but you can use whatever color peeps you want   Also whatever color and flavor jelly beans or jelly bellies!

In California we tend to like jelly bellies!  Cause Jelly Belly is headquartered here. You can visit the Jelly Belly factory and see how they are made!


Beautiful light pink tulips arranged in my Easter pink Peeps and Pink Jelly Bellies, in the bowl, inside is another bowl that holds the flowers and water, keeping the peeps and jelly bellies dry.
Easter flowers, pink tulips.



You need a fishbowl type shaped vase, and also another vase to hold the water, and the flowers inside the fishbowl container.  After you put the Jelly Bellies in then put the peeps in facing outward and then carefully add the inside container for the flowers.  You must be careful not to get the Peeps or Jelly Bellies we as the color will run and the candy will melt from the water.





Beautiful tulipis and gerbera daisies in flower arrangement in a vase of pink peeps and pink jelly bellies
Easter holiday flower arrangement.

There you have it!  I made this just a couple days before Easter and you still have time to make one too!  Everyone will love it!  Also you can eat it after the holiday or put it in a zip lock bag (not the flowers of course) and save it for Easter holidays to come.  It might be susceptible to ants, so keep it in something.  That’s what my aunt does!

If you have any question please let me know!  Should be fairly simple, you just need to have a couple bowls and vases so that one can fit in another, and give room for the peeps and jelly bellies too!

Baby lamb stuffed animal and the pink Easter Tulip arrangement in the Peeps and Jelly Belly vase.
Easter lamb my Mom gave me, and Easter flowers.


Sleeping duck black and white, with gray and bluish rocks in the background, and the dark water with the reflection of the duck.

Wild Common Merganser Ducks in the Trinity River

Two wild common Merganser ducks swimming on the Trinity river.
Wild common Merganser ducks swimming.

These ducks are amazing!  I looked up these ducks and they are the common Merganser wild duck also called the Goosander.  they are larger ducks of lakes and rivers, and they prefer the fresh water. They are common to North America, Europe and Asia.

I love to watch them ducking in and out of the water getting food.They eat fish and nest in holes in trees.  Which makes perfect sense there are a lot of trees in this area.


Wild Common Merganser ducks swimming upriver in the Trinity river, northern California.
Common Merganser ducks in the Trinity river, CA.


These Common Merganser wild ducks like to swim up the side of the river, and then they float down.  sometimes with little ducklings following.  it’s adorable. In the Trinity river, we mostly see these wild ducks in the winter.


Trinidad and Tobago

The island of Tobago, and my towel, in the picture.
A beautiful beach in Tobago.

One of my most memorable trips anywhere was to Trinidad and Tobago.  I went there for carnival a few years ago.

It is most enjoyable due to all the beautiful beaches there!

Here are pictures of Tobago followed by Trinidad.

Tobago is a wonderful island to visit.
The island of Tobago.


Handmade cupcakes from Moustache baked goods and in the background, Mexican Train dominoes game, from my birthday.

Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg, Birthday Cupcakes

Handmade cupcakes from Moustache baked goods and in the background, Mexican Train dominoes game, from my birthday.
Delicious cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods .

I love Healdsburg, California.  A quaint, quite town and it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a day or two. There are lots of shops and places to eat, and quite a few wine bars. Very near is Alexander Valley which has a great number of wineries too, this road leads to Calistoga, and Napa Valley.  This is definitely wine country, and the spring time is a wonderful time to check out the area, it’s beautiful.

Mexican Train Dominoes game going, and Cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg.  Pictured cupcakes, meyer lemon, Red velvet, and two chocolate, with white frosting and chocolate frosting on each.
What more could you ask for?

Recently I visited the downtown area, and was looking for cupcakes for my birthday.  I found some and they were spectacular!  They have a viewing window where you can view the cupcakes while they are being decorated.  The only and they are delicious.  I love cupcakes! 🙂

They also have an ice cream shop and the ice cream is to die for.  Okay, not literally, no one should die to eat ice cream.  But it really is a must try in downtown Healdsburg.
Gourmet cupcakes from Moustache Baked goods in downtown Healdsburg, they have flavors like strawberry rhubarb, and Meyer lemon!
Cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg, CA.



Beautiful panoramic photograph of a winter sunset at the wetlands in northen California, Llano Seco, Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.

Llano Seco, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Llano Seco sunset last February, wetlands in Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.
Llano Seco Sunset, Wetlands.

From Interstate 5 in northern California, there are a few Wildlife areas, which are very pristine. These historic natural wetlands formed from runoff from the Sacramento river and Butte Creek.  Located in Butte and Glenn counties, the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area is a sight to see.



Beautiful clouds and sunset on the wetlands of Llano Seco, seven mile road.
Sunset at Llano Seco wetlands.

I was passing by the Llano Seco around sunset.  I went to see Storm Large at the Laxson Auditorium, at Chico State. She rocks!  Look up her website. She sings with Pink Martini also. They have a song, called Veronique. Storm Large

Pictured a sunset from last February.  Lnano Seco was beautiful that evening. There is a boarded walkway out that you can walk out on and get a good view of the wetlands, panoramic also.

Lots of water, birds, and beautiful sunsets at the Upper Butter Basin Wildlife area, Llano Seco, wetlands.
Beautiful sunset at Llano Seco.

This is one of the finest wetland habitats in northern California.  Below is a link to the Dept of Fish and Wildlife, with maps and much more details about the Wildlife area.

Upper Butter Basic Wildlife Area, California





Beautiful close up of the sun behind the clouds and the red reflection on the water, with the trees in the middle, at Llano Seco, CA.
Beautiful Sunset and reflection at Llano Seco.

It’s a great place for bird watching, there are many species of birds. There are so many birds to see, here are just a few.  There are pelicans, hawks, eagles, falcons, cuckoo, sparrows, cranes, herons, starlings, swallows, larks, blackbirds, and so many more I won’t list.  Go to the website, and look at the pdf file, Bird Checklist.  There are so many they need a check list.


Picture of my kitten Batman in black and white, he's a maine coon black grey and white, on his back and arms up.

Batman When He was Young

Batman as a kitten, a main coone breed, shorter hair, looks like a racoon, same colors, and his tail is busy like a racoon too.
Batman used to sleep on the computer.

Batman was such a cute kitten. He is still a little kitten in my eyes, even though he is huge now.  But he acts like a little kitten still.

He wasn’t a cuddly kitten. He likes to hang with the dog mostly and play, and get into mischief outside. He absolutely does not want to be indoors, unless he is eating, sleeping or hanging out with the dog. He likes the snow, the rain, the cold and being outside in it.

Picture of my kitten Batman in black and white, he's a maine coon black grey and white, on his back and arms up.

I tried to keep him indoors.  I used to leave him in the house, and one window open, until I found the screen torn to shreds. He was trying to get out. Now I leave him out with the dog when I am gone.

He’s like a dog really, the other day I threw the frisbee for the dog, and the cat ran after it.  Of course, he didn’t quite know what to do with it after it landed, it’s a little big for him.  He will chase sticks too.



Batman the maine coon kitten curled up on a plaid, blanket, green, blue and yellow colros.
Batman sleeping soundly.

The last picture here is Batman outside, where he is the happiest.  He loves it outside!




Batman as a kitten, out in the wet grass, maine coon kitten.
Batman loves the outdoors!