Wildflowers and a wanderlust spirit

Where are your favorite places to take a drive? (No matter if you’re a driver or a passenger.)

I love long road trips, especially when I’m not too pressed for time. Anyone who’s driven across the United States before will know that driving across some states is better than driving across other states.

My favorites? Georgia, Rhode Island, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, Iowa and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Beautiful scenery is, of course, the number one reason but these help as well: good roads, ease of finding necessities like food and gas and interesting things to see or do along the way.

Least favorites? New Mexico, Pennsylvania (just because of I-80), Wyoming (not including Yellowstone) and, seemingly most everyone’s least favorite, Nebraska. Number one reasons: boring scenery, bad roads, no handy gas stations or food places.

To be fair there are seven states that I haven’t had the pleasure to drive through: North Dakota, Michigan, Kentucky, Alaska, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine—maybe one of these days. I must visit them all sometime before I die.

Anyway, I had that on my mind and now, flowers! These were taken right here in good ol’ Orlando in various places where wildflowers grow.

The white flowers seem to be Hemlock although I’m not quite certain. The leaves were kinda throwing me off. The yellow flowers are primrose willow.

My moods have been a little better the last day or so. Maybe because I’m getting ready to take a long road trip next week. Perhaps being too stationary isn’t a good thing for me. Will see.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Orlando, FL – JoAnn Ryan
Orlando, FL – JoAnn Ryan
Orlando, FL – JoAnn Ryan
Orlando, FL – JoAnn Ryan


23 thoughts on “Wildflowers and a wanderlust spirit

  1. A great post and like everyone, I love the pictures. Flowers bring smiles. 😀

    I love road trips, and O miss them. I have plans to do the parts of British Columbia I haven’t seen over the next bit. It’ll take some time: it’s pretty big. You could fit Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina inside. I feel somewhat chagrinned I’ve seen so little of it when I’ve toured much of the western US. http://www.bcrobyn.com/2012/12/how-big-is-british-columbia/

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    1. Oh wow, thanks for the interesting link. I like all the map comparisons. Very helpful. I’ve been to Canada a few times. The parts I went to were quite beautiful. Would love to go back some day. 🙂

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    1. Driving to Hawaii is never recommended 😀 Unless of course you have one of those cars that turn into a plane or a ship. That would be some kind of transformer!
      I like plane travel, car travel, train travel, ship travel. Renting a car, if needed, is always good. Whatever! 🙂🚙
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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        1. We, as a society, really haven’t come as far in transportation technology as we should have by now. Remember all those futuristic movies? We should all be flying cars that can sail, fly, drive to the store without you and get groceries and turn into a phone booth. Maybe it’s just because we no longer have phone booths… there you go I’ve identified the the problem!

          Hey I could be the first female James Bond… but only if I have one of those drive-sail-fly-phone booth cars!

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          1. George Jetson, you’re such a liar!

            Actually, predictions usually reflect the seer’s own optimism or pessimism about the way things are going.

            Sure, flying cars are…nowhere, but who could’ve anticipated the internet? Honestly, JoAnne, I can remember a time when curiosity had just two resolutions – find someone who would know, or hit the library. Now, enlightenment is “Hey Google” away.

            Of course, that means information has increased in quantity, but not necessarily in quality.

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            1. Oh yes, the old days of trudging to the library and looking through all kinds of books and journals all day just to find a few nuggets of information. I still remember when we got computerized card catalogs… no more typewritten, ink-stained, missing or misfiled cards. That was something!! 🤣

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              1. For sure, JoAnn! In Freshman Literature, i think it was, we spent three weeks learning how use the card catalogue.

                Our high school library’s was a beautifully ornate oaken extravaganza, most likely dating from the turn of the (last) century. It was a gorgeous monstrosity. I wonder whatever happened to it.

                To think, people probably used it as we did, back when teachers wore starched collars and corsets, and used words like, “heretofore.”

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  2. Great pictures, JoAnn! They delight the eye, then they shimmer in the imagination.

    Nice job, too, getting the shot of the bee gathering pollen. Similar prospects have inspired my creativity, but each time I snapped the pic, the winged one took flight, thus blurring the shot.

    You have quite an epic vacation ahead of you. Couple that with your photographic skills, and it foretells many great photos in our immediate future.

    Happy clicking!

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    1. I almost felt like a pro photographer taking those photos and being able to capture the bees so well. It really wasn’t that difficult though as these flowers were literally covered with bees. I was careful not to disturb them at their construction site. They were doing such a great job! 🐝

      Thank you for the kudos though!! The bright yellow color was really stunning I think. 🤩🌼

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      1. Agreed! The color’s exuberance is especially striking a contrast to the brownish bark and to the grayish shadow beneath. Allied with the leaves’ deep green, they absolutely make the yellow pop.

        Abundant buzzers notwithstanding, the photo is quite an achievement. Consider, the slightest shadow, the faintest breath, and especially – God forbid – a stifled cough, all will launch the bee.

        It’s the brave solo photographer versus 300 million years of evolution (survival). Those odds really are lousy, but somehow you bested them.

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        1. You are very perceptive to notice all those color changes and fine details. It does help to have the Iphone camera. It does a decent job.

          I’ve noticed that with bees, at least here in America, if you do not disturb them they are cool. If a person freaks out and swats at them or gets in their way they become defensive and that’s when they sting. I had a good hunch that these bees were busy with their work and much preferred to be doing that instead of messing with a human. Plus, like a lot of us, I think they secretly like having their picture taken but of course they won’t come out and say that!

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          1. Ha! Bees crave their fifteen minutes, just like we all do. Look at your subject, still the talk of the town nearly a week later.

            Oh, no disparagement of bees intended – by “launch,” I meant “fly away;” certainly not “attack.”

            In fact, honeybees and bumblebees are docile, bordering on gentle. Where you run into trouble is when you cross paths with wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. They’re angry, aggressive, and just are begging for a confrontation.

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