Tucked neatly in between snow flurries these days there have been periods of sunshine, and Nature is proceeding with the inevitable journey toward Summer. The Buttercups which have been in bloom for a month on Buttercup Ridge have now spread to sunlit places along the valley floor
Sagebrush Buttercup Ranunculus glaberrimus
and among them are the tiny white flowers of Whitlow Grass.
Whitlow Grass, Draba verna
Near where these were blooming there was a section of an old abandoned barb-wire fence and it appeared to be a danger to the deer who crossed that hillside on their way to the river to drink. As I knelt down to cut the pieces of old rusted wire, this very early bloom of Woodland Star became visible, perhaps as a small reward for my effort.
Most of my blog activity is a result of my ventures into the back country and therefore it is at a pretty low ebb this time of year. It will start picking up again soon and I plan to be very active after June, when the trails into the high country become accessible.
You are surprisingly ahead of us here in KC. Predicted low of 19 and not a bud in sight which is very odd; we’ve been 10 – 20 degrees below normal for a month now. Poor timing for a cold snap, wish it happened in January instead of March. Yay for Buttercup ridge :) and thanks for sharing your treasures with us.
Comment by Homestead Ramblings — March 12, 2013 @ 8:46 pm
It seems this winter the major storms and cold weather has barely brushed us here and gone on toward your area. We have not had a single day this winter with sub-zero temperatures, and very little valley snow (which isn’t a good thing). Our mountains have had a relatively normal winter though and are still getting pretty good amounts of snow.
In this little piece of Montana we seem to have just about missed winter this year. It touched us briefly, then moved on. Actually, I would have enjoyed a bit more winter, especially the snow. I’m looking forward to spring now though but not to the fire season of late summer.
Beautifu!. You’re way ahead of us and most of the rest of the northern part of the country, I think. These are the first true wildflower photos that I’ve seen from the U.S. on any blog so far this spring.
It seems just wonderful to me that grasses would have such pretty flowers. We’re starting to see a few blooms now – evening primrose, Texas dandelion. The redbuds are blooming nicely now, too – although we’ve moved into an exceedingly dry period with no rain in sight.
I’m not sure that Whitlow Grass is more than just a name. The blossoms are very tiny though. Your flowers are so far ahead of ours. We have had a lot of rainy days and snowy days, but not much by way of volume. The next few days will bring fairly heavy snow here, but only at the higher elevations. Probably not much in the valleys. We have even begun to have a few grass fires already.