It’s spring! Admire the hound’s tongue, and the rest

by on March 20, 2013

 
Hound's tongue, Mount Diablo. Photo: Tony Iwane.
 

 

Welcome spring! It’s that exciting moment of the year when you can do crazy things like balance a raw egg on its end. But the vernal equinox is so much more than a physics trick.

Looking to nature for signs of spring is a beloved sport among Bay Area wildlife enthusiasts. We’ve been scouring Bay Nature’s amazing Flickr group and noticed Bay Area photographer Tony Iwane’s beautiful blooms (below). And we’d love to see what images  you’ve been snapping of spring (flowers or otherwise). Please send them to: alison@baynature.org and we’ll post them for others to enjoy.

We’ve been adding your photos to this slideshow, so keep ‘em coming!

Cherry blossoms at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Orinda. Photo: Tony Iwane.
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Cherry blossoms at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Orinda. Photo: Tony Iwane.
California buckeye, Mount Diable. Photo: Tony Iwane.
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California buckeye, Mount Diable. Photo: Tony Iwane.
Indian paintbrush, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Photo: Tony Iwane.
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Indian paintbrush, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Photo: Tony Iwane.
Hound's tongue, Mount Diablo. Photo: Tony Iwane.
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Hound's tongue, Mount Diablo. Photo: Tony Iwane.
A sprig of valley oak about to break into bloom at Save Mount Diablo's Mangini Ranch, in Concord. Photo: David Ogden.
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A sprig of valley oak about to break into bloom at Save Mount Diablo's Mangini Ranch, in Concord. Photo: David Ogden.
Hardenbergia comptoniana, a garden plant native to western Australia, and a member of the wisteria family. Photo: Trish Hare.
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Hardenbergia comptoniana, a garden plant native to western Australia, and a member of the wisteria family. Photo: Trish Hare.
Poppies growing in a Franciscan chert formation on the Kirby Cove trail in the Marin Headlands. Photo: Ted Schulze.
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Poppies growing in a Franciscan chert formation on the Kirby Cove trail in the Marin Headlands. Photo: Ted Schulze.
Sanicula arctopoides, Footsteps of Spring. Photo: Betsy Livingstone.
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Sanicula arctopoides, Footsteps of Spring. Photo: Betsy Livingstone.
Aristolochia californica, Dutchman's Pipevine. Photo: Betsy Livingstone.
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Aristolochia californica, Dutchman's Pipevine. Photo: Betsy Livingstone.
A fairy slipper in bloom at Butano State Park on the Jackson Flat Trail. Photo: Stephen Fletcher.
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A fairy slipper in bloom at Butano State Park on the Jackson Flat Trail. Photo: Stephen Fletcher.
A caterpillar perches on a hound's tongue, Portola Redwoods State Park,  Peter Creek loop. Photo: Stephen Fletcher.
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A caterpillar perches on a hound's tongue, Portola Redwoods State Park, Peter Creek loop. Photo: Stephen Fletcher.
A wake-robin at Big Basin State Park, Timms Creek Trail. Photo: Stephen Fletcher.
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A wake-robin at Big Basin State Park, Timms Creek Trail. Photo: Stephen Fletcher.

 

 

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