As I’ve said many times, the prairie is an ecosystem best seen up close. You have to look carefully to see much of the beauty. Dillon (one of our Hubbard Fellows) and I were poking around today and found this yellow wood sorrel flower. It looked as if an artistic child had been playing with a hole punch. There were a few scattered holes in nearby blossoms but this was the only one that looked as if it had been purposefully accented. Any insect smarties out there know what might have made the holes?
This is the season of small statured wildflowers. Puccoon, ragwort, locoweed, wood sorrel and many others are just starting to bloom. Perhaps the most ostentatiously-colored of our spring flowers, however, is purple poppy mallow. This one was just getting ready to open today.
We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, which bodes well for a good wildflower season, at least for the next month or so. We’ll see what kind of weather the El Nino brings after that. We might get really wet or really dry. For now, I’ll enjoy the colors.