Chandler Road has some houses but there is still land in a natural state along it. We stopped at a flowery location and immediately found this iris.
Hartweg's iris_Iris hartwegii_P1270290
Hartweg'sIrishartwegiiP1270290Common NameHartweg's irisScientific NameIris hartwegii
This flower wasn't at its peak but it showed the elaborate curves in the center of the flower.
Hartweg's iris_Iris hartwegii_P1270315
Hartweg'sIrishartwegiiP1270315Common NameHartweg's irisScientific NameIris hartwegii
A large swallowtail butterfly was cruising around 20 feet away from the iris. Perhaps a pale swallowtail (Pqapilio eurymedon)?
I'd never seen two butterflies side by side on a flower like this. Another insect was peeking out from under a sepal above the butterflies. Skippers I think.
Farther on, we stopped to admire this flowering tree.
Western choke cherry_Prunus virginiana var demissa_P1270345
WesternchokecherryPrunusvirginianavar.demissaP1270345Common NameWestern choke cherryScientific NamePrunus virginiana var. demissa
While we were there, a doe strolled by.
After a few more stops, we arrived at Spanish Creek. Lots of water this year. Not much in bloom along the creek but the view was nice.
Spanish Creek near Quincy_P1060130
SpanishCreeknearQuincyP1060130Common NameSpanish Creek near Quincy
We walked up a narrow trail and started to see flowers like this sidalcea.
CheckerbloomsidalceaP1110911Common NameCheckerbloomScientific Namesidalcea
A few feet away from the five petal sidalcea, four petal clarkia were also blooming. It was lucky that we got close enough to the clarkia to see that they weren't just more sidalcea.
Clarkia (gracilis)_Clarkia gracilis_P1110939
ClarkiagracilisP1110939Common NameClarkia gracilisScientific NameClarkia gracilis
Farther along the trail, Lesley found this purple flower. A new species for us but related to a flower we saw in Huddart Park in San Mateo County earlier this year.
Dannie's scullcap_Scutellaria tuberosa_P1110963
Dannie'sscullcapScutellariatuberosaP1110963Common NameDannie's scullcapScientific NameScutellaria tuberosa
Another view. I think of the projection at the top as a nose.
Dannie's scullcap_Scutellaria tuberosa_P1270390
Dannie'sscullcapScutellariatuberosaP1270390Common NameDannie's scullcapScientific NameScutellaria tuberosa
Always nice to have another butterfly pose for us.
We saw a group of goosefoot violets a bit later.
Goosefoot violet_Viola purpurea_P1270376
GoosefootvioletViolapurpureaP1270376Common NameGoosefoot violetScientific NameViola purpurea
And then we saw this purple milkweed up the slope from the trail.
There were several plants close together. Large and small bees and flies were visiting the milkweeds while we were there.
Milkweed buds. Time for us to move on to Butterfly Valley.