Thursday, April 11, 2019

Invasion of the Giant Mustard Plants!!

It seems like every vacant lot and undeveloped hillside in Orange County, CA, is covered by the yellow bloom of the mustard plant.




Photo credit: Gayle Berggren
The mustard plants are so thick and tall that it's turned our little trail over at our local park into a "mustard maze"! By the way, I have no idea why my granddaughter seems to prefer non-matching socks. Some weird phase she is going through I guess.





Changing to my telephoto lens, I can capture the hills on the horizon up above Brea, totally covered in yellow mustard flowers. Of course, there's going to be hell to pay as the season progresses, temps go up, and all these mustard blooms dry out and turn to highly flammable weeds. But for the time being, lets not think about that, and just be thankful for the beauty we have all around us today!

Linking with Skywatch Friday and Thankful Thursday.
Thanks for stopping by!!

53 comments:

  1. Reminds me o fthe fields of rape we have here trouble is it makes me sneee and does not smell that nice, it gets worse when it is cut, smells like rotton cabbage. Love the cloud shots. BTW my son tends to wear odd scocks as well an dhe's 30

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  2. This looks like the hills of Laguna (Beach and Niguel. Beautiful! We still have too much rain for them to bloom exuberantly here, but I did see orange poppies this week:) Your grand daughter extra prize in your images:)

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  3. The odd sock thing is a current fad. They even sell pairs of socks that don't match. I bet all her friends do the same.

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  4. We get something like that, if not indeed that, but in the summer.

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  5. The combination of the yellow, green and blue is wonderful.
    And the clouds are quite impressive and dark in the end this time.

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  6. I've never seen mustard in bloom - beautiful photos!

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  7. We have some of these plants here in KY, but not quite as giant! I always enjoy them, and anything else that grows, in the springtime. Thanks for linking up today.

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  8. It is pretty, but I can understand the consequences as it matures and dries. The mismatched socks, yes we went through that phase too with my granddaughter.

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  9. I've never seen mustard plants up close so these shots were very interesting to me.

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  10. Ah sweet memories of my youth in the Bay Area's Contra Costa County. Love the mustard.

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  11. It looks pretty, though I'm sure it's a nuisance to have so much of it. The odd-socks thing is trendy at the moment, I believe. It always reminds me of a time when I worked on the farm: Old Bert took off his boots to reveal one sock blue and one sock brown. Of course we all teased him about it but Bert was unfazed - "Arrr, Oi got another pair like this at home!"

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    1. Truly a laugh out loud moment reading your comment, John. Thank you!!

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  12. Marvelous as always. Indeed a beautiful country to live in.

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  13. We have wild mustards here in upstate New York but I have never seen anything like that - so tall and making the hillsides yellow. Nature has truly gone wild.

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  14. Hello, the mustard plant in bloom looks beautiful. It does grow tall near the trails. Cute photos of your granddaughter. The views of the sky and hills are gorgeous. Lovely post and photos. Enjoy your day! Have a great weekend!

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  15. Wow! I thought...then sneezed. Beautiful.

    Then, Wow! You know I love clouds.

    Then, Cool! Loved that landscape.

    Sneeze! Gottago find a tissue now.

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  16. Beautiful scenes, and all those blooms are really good for the bees and butterflies!

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  17. I've never seen these plants in person but I'm loving the photos! I wore socks that didn't match when I was a kid, and I still. I only wear socks when I wear long pants though :)

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  18. What beautiful scenes to see and great looking clouds.
    Awesome photos!

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  19. thx for sharing die mustard fields. I am suupriesed how huge the plants are

    Regards Bernhard

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  20. The fields look amazing. Almost a wonderland to walk through especially for kids.

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  21. Wow! Wonderful photos of the fields and I gather your granddaughter. Gorgeous views especially the hills of Brea. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Wow, those are some mustard plants! They look like they might take over the world if allowed to continue.

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  23. Phase of mismatched socks...how cute is that? Too cute! Monet....mustard paths with grandaughter...are just lovely. Images that follow are beyond excellent. A++++. Have a great weekend.

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  24. Gosh! I saw vast fields of mustard plants being cultivated in Germany a couple of years ago.

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  25. Sort reminds me what we have here rapeseed and or canola.
    Coffee is on

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  26. Those mustard plants are gorgeous!! I hope they do not cause too much of a problem later on. They remind me of the Canola fields in western Oklahoma. They have gorgeous yellow blooms also.

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  27. Oh, and also. I am not one to have a fetish for matching socks either. Doesn't cause too much of a problem except a year or so ago at an open house where we had to take off our shoes. My poor wife was embarrassed.

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  28. Your little model stands out among the yellow flowers!...

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  29. I like the 8th pic. Nice country road leading who knows where. I´d rather be walking there than this asphalt I´m used to. Nice contrast with the blues and yellows also.

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  30. The beautiful yellow flowers brighten up the whole place. I have seen some young people wearing non matching socks too. Dare to be different. You have some very beautiful sky shots.

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  31. Beautiful landscape photography ~ especially like the ones with that adorable granddaughter in them ~ They actually sell 'mismatched socks' ~ so she is 'with it.'

    Happy Times to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  32. oh neat photos, I wondered what those flowers were called.

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  33. The long distance shot sure is pretty. All that yellow! Lots of seed crops here in the valley and the mustard flower looks just like the fields of Cabbage and Kale going to see. Nice yellow,
    Sweet pics of your G-daughter skipping down the path
    MB

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  34. Very beautiful and I guess you have a little Pippi Longstocking there :-)

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  35. Yellow flowers (even if they might be weeds) always make me smile, although I wouldn’t want to get lost in a maze of them.... Weird phrases are good for a girl!

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  36. Your words are ominous, but your photos are beautiful!

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  37. Yes, that must be an inconceivable amount of plants to show up that well at that distance! Colorful, for now ...

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  38. So pretty yellow landscape, happy easter
    Greetings Kirsi

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  39. Love the different coloured sock 😀 Beautiful images SPP, looooove the last shot, the hills covered in mustard flower, spectacular!

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  40. PRECIOSAS FOTOS!!!
    IMPRESIONAN LAS DE LAS ROCAS.
    SALUDITOS

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