Spring around here starts off not only the wildflower season, but another season as well; the wildfire season. This afternoon we responded to the first wildland fire of this year. We haven’t received our usual amount of spring rain and the woods are already very dry: it looks like it will be a long, long summer if we don’t get more rain!
Before the fire call came though I was able to find a few wildflowers. The Buttercups have been out for over a month and now just seem to cover the ground in places. Yellowbells have also been out for a while now and have become more numerous too. (They are a western wildflower and grow only in eleven western states.) Fritillaria pudica
Yellowbell, Goldcup, Fritillaria pudica
Another tiny western flower, the Woodland Star, began to bloom only in the past few days.
Bulbous woodland-star, lithophragma glabrum
Since I greatly prefer the wildflowers, I am hoping for a lot more rain!