As we were driving along the other day, my eye caught a yellow flower on the hillside mixed in with familiar red larkspur. At 40 mph, it looked like a larkspur and I mentioned it to my wife Ruth, who knows of such things. “Couldn’t be a yellow larkspur,” she said. “I’ve never seen one. I don’t think it exists.” I stopped, turned around, returned to the spot, got out of the car, and approached the flower. I called Ruth from the car for her to make the definitive identification. We had, indeed, found a yellow larkspur. Later, the web told us they only grew in Sonoma County where we were, and only 100 individual plants remained in the wild.
Finding such a plant ranks high among my nature thrills, along with (more…)