Tuesday, February 5, 2008

ABC Wednesday

Back to the mountain, back to summer for my C pictures this week. This is Cliff Paintbrush, which distinguishes itself from Scarlet Paintbrush with spikier bracts and the fact that it--well--grows on the cliff.

Aha, this little guy is a feisty one indeed. His proper common name is Clark's Nutcracker, but deary me he is well known to many as the Camp Robber. He gains that nickname honestly. This last summer one swiped a strip of bacon from our campground table and took off with it, and I have reason to believe that they are also fond of grapes. I know from experience and lost grapes. Even in the winter they hang about to see what they can get their beaks on.

The California Calico --hey, a double C--ranges obviously beyond California.

Not very showy, the Western Coralroot has its own charm.
This chipmunk stopped to enjoy a snack that was not actually provided by campers. At camp, his cousins were found gazing hungrily at our jar of trail mix, trying to figure out its method of entry.

Cinquefoil petals are a slightly different shape at the end than the Western buttercup, but otherwise theya re very similar.

41 comments:

Lilli & Nevada said...

All the photos are wonderful but i like the chipmunk. Very nice set of C's

RuneE said...

A bevy of very Natural Cs!

Paulie said...

You have a wonderful COLLECTIOn of C photos -- CAN'T decide which one I love best.

Ida said...

Nice collection of C`es.
The Cliff paintbrush is a cute and strong little flower.
Happy ABC! :)

Kostas said...

Amazing the photographs but also comment on each subject!

Ackworth Born said...

a commendable collection

Liz said...

That is such a sweet chipmunk! And a lovely collection of photos.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi Katney,
That a great C for Flowers and animals Good for my Englosh too, and I like the photo's all very much

Come and see my ABC's photography
JoAnn Holland
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DarylE said...

Clever all those C's!

Petunia said...

Nice photos. I like the one with the little cute bird:)

dot said...

You definately have some great C shots! I like the flowers but the chipmunk is very cute too.

bonnie said...

I love all your C's. The bird resembles a Chickadee. Funny, he's a thief, eh? The top flower is so interesting. I want some.

Dragonstar said...

Great Collection! Your Californian Calico looks very like our Tortoiseshell.

photowannabe said...

Very impressive collection of C's. I like your commentary on the Nuthatch. I thought of Blue Jays as being robbers but not these little guys.

leslie said...

These are all GREAT photos for C. Love them! I especially love the Cliff Paintbrush. Imagine plants being able to thrive in such a habitat!

Neva said...

A great collection of 'c'!

miss*R said...

delightful! I always like seeing the flora of other countries... I wonder if cinquefoil is related to the buttercup? It is a plant that is often heard of in folk lore.

VP said...

I hope you didn't nearly fall over the Cliff to get that specatcular first photo!

Pernille said...

What a beautiful photos:)
Have a nice evening:)

Gemma said...

Once again lovely photos from your neck of the woods.

Anne-Berit said...

Very nice photos,a great c from you:)

imac said...

Nice collections for C post.

Ackworth Born said...

Thanks for the comment on my Cardiff post - yes I can still remember the news of Aberfan as it happened. Sombre days as we also lived in site of slag-heaps.

kml said...

I enjoyed viewing your C's - love the story of the Camp Robber!

Janet said...

Lovely photos and a little nature lesson, too.

Sharon said...

What a great C post! It was fun to learn about the Camp Robber. He is a little cutie! All your pictures were great and i enjoyed the info too.

Andrea said...

What a wonderful collection of "C" photos. Great post.

Kate Isis said...

Great collection of C's this week.
Happy wednesday

Randi said...

Tank you for commenting my ABC photos. I love this trip every Wednesday all over the world, and all this beautiful pictures you all cheer .
Its so fun to see what all is coming up whit.
And i really like your C photos.

RUTH said...

Such a wonderful collection of C's. Well done :o)

Jean M Fogle said...

WE have cinefoil here in the mtns of VA, lots of good c pics!

Siani said...

What a lovely collection of C images. Your butterfly looks almost identical to the British tortoiseshell butterfly - take a look.

Thanks for visiting me.

mrsnesbitt said...

Loved the colourful flowers.
A lovely sight on any kind of day!

Peter M said...

A great round of C's love the chipmunk

Miss_Yves said...

Wonderful photos, by a lover of nature!
How lovely are the chipmunk and the little bird!
Miss Yves

starnitesky said...

You have wonderful photos for the letter 'C'! thank you for visiting my blog.

DigitalShutterMania said...

You have a great collection of "C".

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Very pretty! :-D Love that cliff paintbrush--and the others, too.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Very lovely C photos.

Have a Blessed Happy Fun
Creative Healthy Year!!!

Krissie said...

oh what a wonderful collection of C words! I thought it just had to be one..ok will know for next time!! love that birdie!

Max-e said...

Nice selection for C Katney. That first flower looks really stunning. Good choice