Higher-than-"normal" precipitation in the Guadaulpe Mountains has resulted in high spring-time streamflow in McKittrick Canyon, one of our favorite place here:
Debris in the trees indicates the high water mark:
Deep and varied green cloak the landscape:
The trail was calling!
The wet spring means flowers - and that was the main theme of the day (besides migrating warblers and butterflies)...
Purple Gromwell (Lithospermum multiflorum - Borage Family)
Bowl Flax (Linum rigidum, Flax family):
Unknown Butterweed (Senecio sp., Aster family):
Lyreleaf Greeneyes (Berlandiera lyrata, Aster Family):
Utah Serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis, Rose Family):
Unknown plant growing out of limestone cliff:
Fendler Penstemon (Penstemon fendleri, Snapdragon Family):
Baby Aster (Chaettopappa ericoides, Aster Family):
Blue Bowls (Gilia rigidula, Phlox Family):
Iconic Ponderosa Pine (the most widespread pine in the west) with limestone peak backdrop:
Steve and Jennifer at the end of another great day in the great outdoors: