The wild roses are blooming! It’s a little early, but they sure are pretty. I was just told by a US Forest Service range specialist that we’ve had 42 days without measurable rainfall. We agreed that the roses are benefiting from our wet April but also feeling the dryness and getting an early start on producing rosehips.
It definitely feels like we haven’t had any moisture in awhile: hot and dry and dusty. Fortunately we had so much snow so late that it doesn’t seem as dire as last summer. The fire danger is high, but we’re not as bad off as other parts of the state. I appreciate the calls and emails expressing concern for our safety.
When I saw those wild roses blooming, I thought of Willowtrail Wild Rose, my six year old Fell Pony mare. When I took my Rose out to be photographed amongst her namesakes, she was decidedly more interested in the grass nearby. No matter – I took great joy seeing Rose amongst the roses, feeling lucky to have both in my life.
© Jenifer Morrissey, 2013