Monday, May 4, 2015

Baskett Slough

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge has an extensive oak savanna which is perfect for rare wildflowers. The park must conduct regular controlled burns just as Native Americans once did to maintain this habitat.   We found many mariposa lilies, which we'd never seen before. Jasper and I thought they were really gorgeous.  They are also called cat's ears.
Silvery blue butterfly.
Silvery blues.
Mariposa lily.
Mariposa lily.
Mariposa lily.
Mariposa lily.
Silvery blue taking off from a forget-me-not.
The Fender's blues really liked these tiny purple members of the pea family.  
Some were a striking red color.

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