The same thing makes for some interesting places to look for unusual wildflowers. One of my favorites is Coyote Creek, the name we gave the drainage just west of the water tank at the end of Virginia Drive on the north side of the mountain. (There were coyote pups being raised there our first summer here.) This drainage faces north and is steep, so it's well shaded. It's about the only place on the mountain where aspens, maples and hops can be found. There are a few others, like False Solomon Seal and Poppy Mallow can be found. These are usually found higher in the foothills.
|False Solomon Seal or Wild Lily of the Valley (Maianthemum stellatum)|
As far as what's new on the mountain the week, Mariposa Lilies and Prickly Poppies are out in abundance. These will be around for a few weeks and are some of the most interesting of the summer blooms.
|Mariposa (or Sego) Lily (Calochorus gunnisonii)|
|Prickly Poppy (Argemone polyanthemos)|