If You Have to, Go for the Tiny.

March 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

As must be ridiculously obvious by now, one of my great loves is abandoning my chores, er, going out for a walk on the weekend with my camera gear.  Although we are deeply in a horrid drought, the last ten days or so brought us a couple of needed inches of rainfall.  Most of our early spring stalwarts of the wildflowers are playing shy, but I found that if you stop looking for the big showy blooms and peek at the tiny ones, you can find some pretty interesting flowers. 

This is the only one I've been able to identify so far:  It's Draba verna, common name Whitlow Grass.  I found about a one foot square mound of it near the Chowchilla on Saturday.  About 1.5 to 2 inches in height, the blooms were about 1/4 inch long. 

Whitlow Grass (Draba verna)Whitlow Grass (Draba verna)

 

This one is a popcorn flower - usually abundant, there are some blooming now.  There are so many varieties of these I don't know which species this particular one happens to be.

Popcorn FlowerPopcorn Flower

 

The next batch - I have no idea.  They were SMALL and WHITE!  (Uh oh, clean and bright too, the Edelweiss song is blooming now as an earworm.)

Small White Wildflower ISmall White Wildflower I Small White Wildflower IISmall White Wildflower II Small White Wildflower IIISmall White Wildflower III Small White Wildflower IVSmall White Wildflower IV

 


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