I’ve come to look forward to these every year. I seem to forget, from season to season, how truly beautiful they are. I wouldn’t want to disrespect our day lilies, but these really are special. And that white shooting star is something. I love finding color variations like that — it is like a special little gift.
Even here, where winter isn’t quite so dramatic, it’s wonderful to see the flowers appearing. This year, it’s been very much a now-you-see-them, now-you-don’t sort of thing. The different species are coming and going quickly — I saw milkweed with pods developing last weekend!
This year is certainly different. Today most of the assortment of flowers that usually are in bloom this time of year along the trail are just showing leaves so far. This was a good comparrison because this was the 7th year in a row that I made this hike on the 18th or 19th of April.
I usually hike the closer trails several times during spring and summer. So much depends on the weather. If the snow pack melts soon it will open some of the higher trails and I will want to see them as soon as possible. If it stays around then I will make repeat trips to the trails that are hikable.