Amelia Ryan led a group to see the early wildflowers along the trail to Chimney Rock at Point Reyes National Seashore. There were 62 species of flowering plants to be seen, such as Lasthenia californica ssp. californica (Goldfields), Sanicula arctopoides (Footsteps-of-Spring), Sidalcea malviflora ssp. malviflora (Dwarf Checker-bloom), Triphysaria eriantha var. rosea (Pelican flower), Cerastium viride  (Spring-snow), Iris douglasiana (Douglas’ Iris), Delphinium decorum (Coast Larkspur), and Wyethia angustifolia (Mule’s Ears). However some species such as the Calochortus tolmiei  (Pussy-ears Star Tulip), and Fritillaria lanceolata var. tristulis  (Pt. Reyes Chocolate Lily), were sparse, presumably due to the lack of rain. Some were also fortunate to see a Peregrine Falcon and the uncommon Brown Booby bird.

Photos by Doreen and Vernon Smith

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