Classified as a “noxious weed”, scotch broom is in rampant bloom here in Coastal Oregon. You see the bright yellow blooms everywhere you drive. It lines the roadways, it takes over entire hillsides, and you can see it spreading from one year to the next. Pollen from scotch broom used to give me intense sinus headaches as a child—it no longer does much but make me sneeze once in a while. The yellow pollen it makes in copious quantities covers our vehicles and anything else left outdoors in a thick layer. Even so, it is a beautiful plant and someone in the distant past must have gathered various species of it and put them here on the ranch, as we have it in many colors besides just plain yellow.
I really like this view from a landing on the hill behind our ranch house. There’s an old rock pit up there on the landing, no longer used, and it is marked as the “Barrow Pit” on our maps. No one seems to know why it is named that or who it is named after. It’s a steep climb to get up there but worth the work, every time.