Welcome to Flowerblogging

As spring unfurls across the California hills, nearly every day I stumble on a new flower. The portraits I snap may not always be great art, but they will be the day-by-day journal of a blossoming half a billion years in the making. If we need a faith, here it is, one extravagant flower at a time.



  1. SG said,

    February 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Love it, Bill! The blog, the picture, the poem. I’m so delighted to have a daily dose of you this way!

  2. Jude Hebert said,

    February 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Your photos and comments are not only educational, but the sign I ask for when requesting from the “Universe” (by any other name) that I’m being paid attention to. I love it when it’s unexpected and yet leaves no doubt it has come from our Source. Thank you, Bill, for being the conduit so early morning.

  3. billnoble said,

    February 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Hey, Shanna,

    What snowy place or you snuggled up in right now?Hope the flowers suggest possibilities for the future! 🙂

  4. Mike Day said,

    February 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    What a treat, Bill. Thanks for the slink pod shot, especially. I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve never seen or touched one that was ERECT in the wild! If you do Big Rock Ridge, stop by before or after for a refreshment. I’d like to thank you in person for your Flowerblog.

  5. miki said,

    February 4, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Thank you for your invite and the spring treasures revealed. As I hike through Marin I often wonder what the beauty in front of me is. And I like that you mention the trails where you saw a particular flower. Are you again leading hikes, too.

  6. Dan Henderson said,

    February 4, 2010 at 12:50 am

    What a wonderful way to stay in touch with you! Thank you very much, Bill, for sharing this part of your experience with us. You remain my role model in so many ways.

  7. movesblog said,

    February 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Thank you for bringing yet another hidden treasure in the California landscape to me

  8. dan campbell said,

    February 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you for the merories—Marin in Spring. I can remember our anticipation and joy at finding the first adders tongue, shooting star and trillium bringing light to the mushrooms and newts of winter. The Earth was new and we were young. It was a time when Sally, Tony, Al Molina and Doc West were still with us and we marvelled the curious natural world we all shared. Wet bellies, fogged glasses, beaten up field guides and mycophagist feasts. It sad that the flowers of Spring disappear so soon and our friends die so young. I suppose there is uplift in it somewhere…maybe that our tears and sadness are the dew and duff that give us our flowers.

  9. jennifer said,

    February 5, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Thanks, Bill, I just walked over to the library in the rain and spent some time looking at the raindrops that cling to the leafless branches and admiring in awe the beauty in the most familiar of sights that often go unseen… thanks for bringing some to view!

  10. Laurie Durnell said,

    February 5, 2010 at 7:14 am

    The view out my studio window is full of Dentaria cardimine californica – or milkmaids for those who like to think of the woods full of frothy maidens.

    • billnoble said,

      February 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      The view out your studio window — your hobbit house — is of a garden filled with years of love. The frothy maidens are just an affectionate detail.

  11. Sara said,

    February 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Bill – I love finding out what all those flowers are called. I’ve tried carrying my western region field guide with me but just forget. And I just saw that blossom tree on Meadow Way THIS MORNING on my way to Woodacre. It and the daffodils below it are always one of my first indications that winter is being chased into a corner. Plus I saw wild irises out on the Palomarin trail last week. All Hail to Spring! Thanks for doing this, I love it.

    • billnoble said,

      February 8, 2010 at 2:08 am

      Hah! You beat us to iris. We searched for them in Tennessee Valley today, but didn’t even come close — Point Reyes is always a month ahead for Douglas iris. but I bet if you searched the open southfacing hillsides at Roys Redwoods right now you’d find the first grass iris.

  12. lynnscott said,

    February 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Bill, what a treat! I just found this blog. My throat kept its lump as i browsed thru your nature and your honoring of Tina. As usual, your poems grab the heart.
    So glad to know this is what you do on your days together.
    Love Lynn Scott

    • billnoble said,

      February 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      Hi, Lynn – Welcome! I’m so glad you found me. Now I’m off to look at YOUR blog. 🙂

  13. Mary Chapman said,

    February 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you for this wonder-full journal. I appreciate the flora guide. I send love and best wishes to you and Tina and Jenny & Brendon.

    • billnoble said,

      February 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      Hi, Mary! 🙂

      Ooo, I feel soooo disconnected from Valley folks these days, stranded in San Anselmo! It’s very, very nice indeed to get a note from you. Smell the flowers!

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