The point of this trip today: to confirm the presence of the Pardalis Blue ( P. icariodes pardalis ) on Ring Mountain. This is a female.
Looked like a close relative of Lizard tail.
The place was covered in them
Strange looking, prostrate lupine. Susie Bennett from the Parks Conservancy keyed it for me.
I thought it would be too late to see these...
First ones of the season...
Could nature really have come up with this?
Inside a Morning Glory...
Plants were about 3 inches in height.
Windy conditions at time of photo.
Maybe a Triteleia?
Height of plant is about 8 inches.
If you magnify photo, you can see hairs on the axis of the stem and portions of the petals.
I'm leaning toward Delphinium hesperium, but could certainly use an expert's opinion.