It was an excellent day for butterflies, including this skipper.
Blooming buckbush (Ceoanthus fendleri) drew clouds of blues and metalmarks.
We were thrilled to identify these Nais Metalmarks (Apodemia nais) which were quite cooperative and gave us many great looks.
The birds sang and chattered constantly, hiding in the green canopy. A little movement on the path caught my eye, and as I stopped to investigate, so did this little guy - a greater short-horned lizard, one of two we saw that day.
watching the juncos and butterflies.
Excellent finds included a beautiful and interesting green gentian (Swertia radiata), with a stalk taller than me and many greenish flowers.