For the next week, Carmi's Thematic Photographic will be exploring the theme of YELLOW:
Fremontodendron is a California native tree or shrub. It's named in honor of John C. Fremont, explorer of the American West, promoter of "manifest destiny," and one of California's first two U.S. Senators.
It has green-grey leaves that are leathery and fuzzy in texture - which lends it the common name of "flannel bush." Its large golden yellow flowers are stunning, and a mature tree in full bloom is something to behold.
Here is a rather poor attempt of mine to capture a mature tree growing in a Brentwood garden - the photo shows the rather odd angular shape of the tree, and the masses of bloom on each branch. But, oh, it fails to capture the beauty. Next year!
I have a small tree, just four feet or so high, planted on a hillside above my yard. Each year it has more blooms. Someday it will be magnificent!