Saturday, June 4, 2016

Still Spring? Not.

 Farewell-to-Spring abundant along the trail today, with over two weeks of Spring remaining.  It felt like summer, though.  The first time I discovered this plant was on the first day of summer several years ago.  It seems to appear earlier every year, although it's possible I'm just getting better at spotting it.  Known to botanists as Clarkia dudleyana.
Easily ignored on hikes is the tiny Spanish Clover, Lotus purshianus.  Individual blossoms are around 1/4" wide, and they are often facing the ground and hidden by their green sepals.  Outside the borders of my photos of this plant are often hidden fingers.

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