Shooting Stars have arrived in the California foothills. They are among the very first wildflowers to bloom and are a welcome site, decorating the leafless woodland landscape.
This is the Sierra Shooting Star. It thrives from the mountains of Alaska to the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. It is a self-pollinating species, so it assures its continuing survival, without the aid of insects and birds. In California, the blooms arrive as early as late February and extend into May or June.
Photo: Yuba River Canyon, Nevada County, California, USA – March 1, 2013