While I have been in the house resting my injured back,
red grass has completely overtaken our property. Each spring, this hillside is covered in blue, yellow, and purple flowers.
As you can see, it's all red now. I'm fascinated by this phenomenon, something I have never seen before. It's almost a little sinister; a mild way for nature to demonstrate her power.
With gray clouds hugging the canyon walls and the distant field covered in yellow mustard weeds, it all made for an interesting, many-colored, nature picture.
The grass in the foreground that my husband mowed and whacked has now turned yellow with red grass growing wild in the background.
Everywhere I turned, I was greeted by this red grass. It grows up on the hillsides in the distance; instead of yellow spring flowers, the hills are now covered in red grass.
Then there were these birds that I hadn't noticed here before.
I managed to get a couple of pictures and enlarged one:
With the help of my new book, the one I had planned to use to identify spring flowers: The Laws Field Guide To The Sierra Nevada, I identified them as Loggerhead Shrikes. Their habitat fits with the canyon and they have the clear white markings above their wings. And a raccoon mask covering their eyes.
As always, my friend Upupaepops and others who may know: If you have an explanation for this red grass, I would love to know. And did I get the birds right? Thanks in advance......
Finally, if you want more information on the little dog, Kezia, please go here: http://texan.blogspot.com Thank you, so much.
very interesting about the red grass...hope your back is better soon...ReplyDelete
Oh, I just love your pictures. Your place looks so peaceful. If it weren't for the spiders and snakes, I'd love to live there. Praying for a full recovery for you Inger... hope you are feeling much better.ReplyDelete
i agree with the shrike i.d. they're gorgeous little things! red grass? no idea, but it does make for some pretty color variations!ReplyDelete
Sorry you find the red grass sinister. It looks pretty from where I'm sitting. Hope your back is better. I tried following the link to see how Kezia is doing but couldn't find it. Hope he's ok.ReplyDelete
Hi Inger, the red grass does make a colourful splash of colour,will the flowers bloom later? Hope your back is getting better.ReplyDelete
Glad you are finding ways to entertain yourself while you're recovering. I don't find the red grass sinister either... would look lovely in fall flower arrangements... or maybe even 4th of July decorations... But I know you love the green hills and wild flowers before everything around you turns brown... Enjoy the birdies!ReplyDelete
What ever it is...it makes beautiful pictures!ReplyDelete
I don't know why that red grass took over, very interesting.ReplyDelete
You're becoming the Swedish Ansel Adams. When you publish your book--& I hope someday you will--please include photos.ReplyDelete
i do admire your wide open plains, with your seasonal changes so full of surprises.ReplyDelete
I cannot explain the "Red Grss" but it sure looks beautiful in your pictures ~ Ally xReplyDelete
Hope your back is better soon. My hub sometimes suffers from this. Very painful. Hugs!ReplyDelete
About your red grass: There is a red fescue that is a real grass. There is also red grass disease that is bad news. Perhaps you could contact your state's dept of agriculture for info. It's usually free to send in a sample for analysis and suggestions.
It is such fun learning new things, Inger! I still get so excited about it! Red grass, can't help you with. Does it always stay red? Google "red grass"...:)JPReplyDelete
It's fun to discover new birds!ReplyDelete
I will Google Red Grass and disease. I really wouldn't care if all the grass disappeared from around here during the summer because of the fire hazard. Due to the year's wet winter, there is a lot of grass. We have our safe zone cut back already, but now it rained again, so my husband may have to mow one more time. The red grass looks very fresh and healthy. I am touched by your good wishes concerning my back. It is not doing well today, so I'm resting.ReplyDelete
This is beautiful and exotic. Thanks for sharing with us. Loved it.ReplyDelete
I think the red grass is beautiful.ReplyDelete
I imagine that red grass is something of an anomoly with the weird weather we've been having. Now was it's time to thrive.ReplyDelete
Hope your back improves, Inger. A bad back can be so debilitating.
I also hope your back improves Inger!ReplyDelete
I've never heard of 'red grass' and it's another reason why I love blogging because I've learned something new today! :-)
Take care of yourself!
Agree with the LoggerheadReplyDelete
they are smaller than northern, this one certainly looks thick and rotund
they have a stubbier bill, which yours appears to have
bolder contrast of mask to throat and the mask is wide. This shows well.
They are great bug hunters and it is fun to watch one stake out a grasshopper. You might find them around this hunting perch.
I am not sure about your red grass
You may wish to contact your county extension. There are native red colored grasses. If this is a native, Why this is doing so well around you may be weather, lack of fire or even cutting. IF it is invasive they might have some info for you
How intriguing! red grass? gosh how interesting! I love hearing about your side of the country :)
Hi Inger .. Red Fescue is certainly a red grass - and is a useful addition to meadow grasses and flowers - whether there was an overseeding last year .. but I guess a check would be wise.ReplyDelete
I'd rather have a mixed blooming .. but I love the position of your home - looks glorious.
Hope the back heals .. it's not an easy area ..
Glad the bird is sorted and confirmed .. Loggerhead - interesting name ..
Cheers and rest up .. Hilary
Hope your back heals fast. Enjoyed the photos, what a peaceful place!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comments and I'm glad that I could show you something new and interesting. The red grass is definitely native. We are the only ones with planted grass, i.e., a lawn, in this entire canyon as far as I can tell. People who lived here before us planted it. It is green in winter and spring then yellow or turns to dust, but it comes back, faithfully, every year. The native grasses are mostly yellow, but now they have turned red. It may be the very rainy winter. Thanks for the bird ID confirmation also.--IngerReplyDelete
The loggerhead shrike is very cute.ReplyDelete
I tried to find out about red grass on the Internet and didn't come up with much. They did say their is a fungal disease of lawns called red thread. Maybe with all of the moisture the native grasses are being affected by that?! Maybe?!
Great photos! Especially the one of the Loggerhead Shrikes.ReplyDelete
When the red grass turns to dead grass it certainly does become a fire hazard :-(
The little bird is very pretty...the red grass makes the hillside pretty also. Hope you can find out what it is and why is is growing on your hillsides.ReplyDelete
The red grass is indeed very interesting, Inger. Thank you for sharing it with us. I clicked on each one of your pictures and seeing them very large is fantastic!ReplyDelete
I do hope your back improves soon. Not fun at all to be in pain. Sending you my most positive thoughts!
Hope you are all better or at least improved. Mother Nature does have some interesting twists and turns, doesn't she?ReplyDelete
Very odd..the red grass..sounds like a type of grass which goes through this stage of colour. The shrike is a beauty..enjoy!ReplyDelete
Hi Inger -ReplyDelete
As always: great pics! Also, very touching tribute to Kezia in your last blog entry. I sure hope he/she gets the needed surgery:) Best Wishes from me and my brood!
We have something similar called 'red grass" and its not very edible to mammmals, so it spreads fast, as no one is eating the seedheads! Our climate is somewhat similar to yours as we only have really a 2 1/2 to 3 month growing season - we not only have cactus and spanish spears, but we also have coneflowers,liatris etc.ReplyDelete
Darn back - hope it gets better for you - SUMMERS coming!
ogni posto ha i suoi "caretta caretta". Da noi si chiamano così certe tartarughe di mare, non volano ma in mare aperto nuotano abbastanza bene.ReplyDelete