|Milkmaids are one of the first flowers of Spring. Forest Trail.|
Sometimes milkmaids have pink tones; some are pure white. Wildflower enthusiasts love to see milkmaids because their blooms mean the beginning of the flowering season.
|Milkmaids flower in different forms. All have four petals but the petal shapes are different. Forest Trail.|
|Woodland shooting star in bud. Another early sign of Spring. Forest Trail.|
|Woodland shooting star; the first flowering on the Forest Trail.|
Ferns are coming out now too. These may be wood ferns of some type.
|Woodfern (?) on the Forest Trail.|
|Hillside gooseberry on the Forest Trail. Two stages of bloom.|
Insects have laid their eggs in some of the gooseberry leaves and the bush has created galls around them. Very small insects.
|Galls on gooseberry leaves.|
Trees bloom too! These photos show California bay laurel in bloom on Manzanita Point Road and in bud on the Forest Trail.
|California bay laurel.|
|California Bay Laurel in bloom.|
There were two other wildflowers in bloom on the Forest Trail: chickweed and wild cucumber (too bad the cucumber photo didn't turn out well).
|Common chickweed is not a native plant; some folks might call it a weed. Petals are about 1/8 inch in length; leaves about 1/2 inch in length.|
|Hound's tongue in bud on Springs Trail.|
|Hound's tongue on the Springs Trail.|
|Buttercup flowers have a lot of shiny petals; makes them easy to ID.|