The humans are on their way to the Big City to the South. Fortunately, the outcrop that the human female and I love so much is on the way, more or less. We are making a quick stop to see the effects of last year’s controlled burn.
The last time we saw this place, it was on fire.
It looks very good! There is a lot of new vegetation coming up, including this ground plum (which the human female says is not a plum at all. Common names will get you into trouble every time.) It is a true prairie plant, and the fact that it’s here and happy is a good sign. She says she only sees it in good years. It will make a big, round legume fruit.
The bluebonnets are back! This is a different kind than the sort on the roadsides. This one likes sand rather than clay.
The big yellow flowers and round fruit in this photo belong to bladderpod. The trifoliolate leaves belong to bur clover.
Some botanists say that the bladderpod should be Physaria rather than Lesquerella. “Lesquerella” is more fun to say!
Loki likes the spiderwort. Usually, they are blue, but the ones here are more purple.
Wild onions! They are everywhere! And do you see the little green bug?
Really, it is hard to walk without stepping on something in flower. It is a very good year!