The roadside was alive with the yellows of Arrowleaf Balsamroot and the blues of lupine -
And field after field of my second-favorite Spring wildflower - Camas!
This dainty lily's roots were a staple food for many Native American tribes --
We literally saw thousands of these small allium type plants. We didn't see any opened or flowering and I cannot find it in any of my flower books. It was three to five inches tall...
We did see a few Biscuitroot plants. The roots of this plant were also used for a flour-like food.
Many of the wooded areas of the refuge were carpeted with my very favorite Spring wildflower. I don't know whether I like saying the name, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, or just enjoy their buoyant cheerful color!
Just as we were driving out of the auto loop and out of the refuge, I spotted a flash of pink. Forry backed up and we finally spotted it again. This is Sticky Geranium, a wild geranium. The flowers are a favorite food of both elk and moose.
We did not see a great many birds today. We saw several blackbirds, including a yellow-headed one, a flicker, two turkey hens, several geese, the pair of resident trumpeter swans and several coots, but that's about it. Forry had to give me a bad time about turning his bird-watching trip into a flower trip!