One of my wildflower books, Mojave Desert Wildflowers, says that "Golden Carpet is a rare plant restricted to barren alkaline slopes in Death Valley. It is a very localized plant and only grows in exceptionally wet years."
While you see clusters of mistletoe - some very large - all over the southwest, I had never seen a clump in bloom until I spotted these yellow blooms in a small shrub. They're hard to see, but the red balls on the bottom clump are last years fruit.
Just for some relief from all the yellow, here's a not very good picture of a Desert Five-Spot (Eremalche rotundifolia). My books say it's uncommon, but we saw lots of them on the road into the Death Valley National Park headquarters. I'll try to get a better picture when we go back next week. The petals can range from rose-pink to lilac, but the ones we saw were all this color.
You've seen this one before, but I realized re-reading my blog that the close-up didn't show the plant's shape that gives it the name of Turtleback (Psayhrotes ramosissima).
As I predicted in last night's blog, today was a quiet day. I washed a couple of loads of clothes and Forry ran into town for milk and to mail some letters. I talked with Grand daughter Kyra Anne -- and her mother -- on Skype. I read more of a rather strange story in a book called "Angelology" by Danielle Trussoni. I sorted through the big flat rate box of mail that we picked up at the post office yesterday. I fixed a steak and some sweet potatoes for supper and now we're watching the Mariners -- who are leading Detroit 11-2 in the top of the 8th!