Right. So, SFR made a snarky comment in a Jo Momma dogpile thread, and I ran out and took a picture. Then I got to thinking, why not go on a day trip? I didn't have anything so important I couldn't blow off for a day,... And a mini-adventure was born! Oh, profanities follow, so. .. Here's the inspiration. about 2:30 PM today. I got on Blue Diamond Highway, and rolled over into the Pahrump Valley. Original plans were loosely to go to Furnace Creek-Death Valley and back before sunset but, Obligitory Jerky stop, I mean, who doesn't love Elk and Buffalo jerky? damn expensive, but oh well. I turned off on Furnace Creek Rd, and immediately noticed a plethora of flowers. I love me some flowers! Crossed over into California, and as I stopped to snap this and saw a dirt road and did I mention flowers? I swear, If I had a bash plate, I'd take my CB anywhere, the Avon Distanzias, two years old now, are amazing tires that wear like Iron, grip like street rubber, Hell, there is no downside, (except they aren't cheap) Flower! With Bug! even better! Now spring hasn't fully sprung yet, it's in the early stages so there wasn't a huge variety of flowers, but there are some nice ones. Same flower, the whole thing. This is less then a foot tall, and five-six inches across (entire plant) My trusty, rusty steed. I love old Motorcycles, especially hondas. I haven't looked any of the flowers up yet, so I'll not make a fool of myself and mis-identify any of them. This flower smelled heavenly, like honeysuckle, and was crawling with these wasps. I dunno if they lay eggs in the stems, or were gathering nectar, or what. they do look a bit like gall wasps, however. Globe Mallow. About the only one I can fairly confidently identify, I'm rather rusty at flowers. Flutter-Bye! on what looks to be a marigold, but don't quote me. I ended up spending over an hour walking about, photographing flowers, and as usual, there were more nearest the roadway then anywhere else, something about rain runoff I believe. the sun/cloud scheme was excellent well for taking flower pictures. more in the next post.