We made a stop along Highway 70 to look at some yellow flowers along the highway. I discovered these tiny blue and white flowers hidden in thick grass. I couldn't ID them until I looked at the magnified image on my PC.
We walked around that bank and found a number of Brown's Peonies. A new species and a nice complement to the California peonies we saw along Swarthout Canyon Road in the Cajon Pass area in March. The leaves coming from the base of the flower remind me of Mercury's winged helmet.
A darker flower with the center of the flower shaded by the petals. It is a pleasure to see the first flower of the species on an outing. Then we walk around looking at lots of examples in different stages and in different light.
We drove south on A24 and turned off on Marble Hot Springs. Passing a pond and wetland, we saw ibis and ruddy ducks but didn't get any decent photos. Then we saw some pale color along the roadside. I'm still not sure whether this was Downingia bicornuta or Porterella carnosula. Pretty either way.