Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Butterfly Valley Report
There's a nice patch of Umbrella Plant at the foot of Butterfly Valley Road just before the creek enters the culvert under Highway 70. A bit tricky to scramble down to the creek, but well worth it for a closer view of these intricate flowers. Then, along the Butterfly Valley Road, the steep embankments on the north side of the road, there are several spots with blooming Red Larkspur, Scarlet Fritillary, Death Camus, and Checker Bloom. I can't remember exactly where I got the Blue-eyed Mary, but they're blooming in many places at this elevation (+/- 3,500 feet), but are hard to spot as they are small and usually surrounded by taller grasses and other flowers. Looks like we're in for a few very warm days which should result in many more species making their first appearance for the season.