Saturday, March 31, 2012
March Went Out Like a Lion
On our short hike near Oakland Camp, we saw the first flowers to bloom in that area, a few Filaree and a few large patches of Milkmaids. Milkmaids are of the same genus as Toothwort, Cardamine, so one has to remember the types of leaves for quick field identification. The top photo here is of Toothwort, Cardamine pachystigma, taken last spring near Keddie Cascades. The second photo is of Milkmaids, Cardamine californica, taken yesterday by Oakland Camp. A bit blurry, similar flowers, but a significantly different type of leaves. The most delightful surprise on yesterday's hike was the young California Toad, Bufo boreas. I found it under a piece of shale in our path. We took a few blurry pictures then placed him back under his protective rock. I can imagine him out there now peering out at snow about 10 times as deep as his height. I hope he makes it through the spring.