I took a lovely little walk at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area this afternoon: Trail 365 north from the road, east on Trail 230, and back to the parking lot via a web of other trails. There were plenty of flowers, including beargrass blossoms. I particularly love purple beargrass buds and noticed when I looked closely that little of the color remains once the flower opens.

Beargrass Blossoms: Detail

Beargrass Blossoms: Detail

It doesn’t seem my obsession with thistles has abated over the past year; here’s one just starting to open. I was fascinated by the web of white stuff covering the bud.

Thistle Bud

Thistle Bud (Up Close and Dangerous)

Walking up Trail 230, I was fascinated by this decomposing stick, with a lone bladderpod flower (I think) growing next to it.

Decomposing Stick

Decomposing Stick

And I was intrigued with the new trail sign for Domingo Baca Canyon (not to mention all the scenery behind it). That part of the trail hasn’t been signed previously; I actually always thought it was an unofficial piece of trail.

Domingo Baca Trail Sign

Domingo Baca Trail Sign

It was a gorgeous day and a wonderful hike.