California is really an amazing place. There is such a wide variety of plants, that I’m still finding new ones, or at least seeing them in a different season, they look different.
There’s the trees that are green in summer, but that in the late winter sprout enormous red buds that stand out from the end of ham-fisted branches. There’s the ones that look like bottle brushes in bloom, and have crazy baubles hanging when the red stamens that make up the brush fall out. There’s the trees that have smooth fluffy bark. There’s the wide variety of palms, succulents and yucca.
The other day on my walk with Sydney, these primeval pine-cone blooms or sprouts struck me. They remind me of a bird about to uncoil its wings.
Seeing them, I imagine some remarkable bracelets that are stacked beads like this, giant oddly shaped peyote stitch, or just stacked and couched beads sewn down to a cloth. I can imagine a crazy folded skirt, with pleats sewn up like this to add texture. I can also see these used as a roller in ink, to make mono prints.
Their texture is impressive. And the shock between the dark green leaves and the light colored stamens (or sprouts?) is quite striking as well. It says, “Come land on me, butterflies and bees, I’m full of nectar.”
It wasn’t just one of these but about 10 planted on the corner of a corner lot. I’d seen them without the blooms, and wasn’t impressed, but with these accents in late spring, I can understand why the owner planted them.