Summer’s End

Ice Plant and Coast Angelica

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was posting all manner of spring and summer wildflowers, and yet here we are nearing the end of summer.  I was sitting on the bluff yesterday with my camera just looking for some interesting distant seascape.  I had my 70-200 mm lens and was looking to bring in close some distant scene of interest, maybe even a seal or two.  Then I looked to my right and saw this little bluff-top scene just begging to be captured.  I really hadn’t been thinking too much about summer’s end; but then I saw the back-lit ice plant with the sun lighting up its red succulent leaves and realized summer was indeed on the wane.  These ice plant’s thick leaves are green throughout the summer and as the weather gets a little cooler and the days shorter, they become redder like many other green leaves we’ll start seeing soon.  I also noticed what looks like some Coast Angelica (Angelica hendersonii), a member of the carrot family like parsnip, to the left of the ice plant about to lose the last of its blooms for the year.  Its naked umbels are also a clear sign of fall’s approach.  And so it begins, or ends depending on your perspective.   I’ll have to keep an eye out for more fall signs as the season progresses.  Stay tuned!!

Equipment:  Nikon D3s, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens, monopod

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