On a beautiful sunny day like today it seemed good to pay another visit to my little yellow friend (a Sagebrush Buttercup, Ranunculus glaberrimus) who grows up on Buttercup Ridge. I have been documenting this first blossom of spring since it first appeared as a bud on January 30th, when it began to open on February 4th, opened most of the wayon February 7th and was completely open on February 12th.
It is still doing well, and today it looked like this:
and was joined by about a dozen new friends like these:
What an marvelous series of this tiny little flower! Each one is exquisite in its own dainty right. Beautiful clear bright colors shinning in all their glory. Each one perfect in its own being. Yet, if I had to pick a favorite shot for its perfection, it would be photo 2. It is perfect for its shape, color and little water droplets. Magnificant, Terry.
This spot is about a month ahead of the rest of the region for some reason, Cedar. I discovered it last year when I saw the first Buttercup blooming there on Feb. 13th. It’s a small, sharp ridge-top not far from the river, but about two hundred feet above. It’s in the National Forest and Bighorn sheep droppings are spread around all over. I found it last year while wandering around and decided to follow a sheep trail that led to the ridge-top.
I’ve looked through my photo archives and found that the first ones that I found blooming outside of this tiny area was:
March 18, 2009
March 20, 2008
March 18, 2007.
The next wildflower that blooms here will be the Yellow bell, toward the end of March.
Kind of fun to keep track of it and I must have learned something although I don’t know what that might be. I’ve gotten rather fond of climbing up there to check on it and then sitting on that ridge in the sun, looking out over the valley. That’s apparently what the sheep do which, in my opinion, speaks well for their values.
Just in this little place, Ed. They are always a month early there. I wish we had all of that snow that you have been getting. Our precipitation this winter is just a little over 50% of normal. Besides, we’re used to it and prepared for it.