|Old fencing on the back roads of Mendicino|
Just when you think the wildflowers have all passed you by, accidentally you happen upon a quiet little hillside between coastal Mendocino and Ukiah. There is a splash of colors on the grasses and butterflies dart about. Eureka! There's a touch of 'Spring time' left in them thar hills.
Along the road from Fort Bragg through to Ukiah, we passed through the adorably tiny town of Comptche and the Montgomery Woods State Reserve. Sometime later we drove past some red flowers and I pulled to the side of the road to examine them. At first I thought the red flowers were California Fuchia but on closer scrutiny they looked different. Now, I've looked them up they are actually delphiniums, or more commonly called Lark Spurs.
|Bright Red Larkspurs aka Canyon Delphiniums|
|Cute little Baby Blue-eyes were scattered sparingly|
|Elegant Clarkia or 'Red Ribbons' looking more purplish in the shade of trees|
|A Duskywing Skipper feeding on the Blue Dicks.|
|A whitish, Western Swallowtail sipping vetch nectar|
|I don't recall I've ever seen one of these gigantic California Sisters butterflies before|
The Yellow Lupines were far deeper buttery yellow than the pale yellow lupines we found in Lake County. Barbara started calling them Butter Cookies because they look like rows of cookies... maybe we were just ready for a snack?
|The biggest bunch of Rock Lettuce on the slope|