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The last of the Grass Widows greeted us at the parking area. Gold Stars, Saxifrage, Buttercups, Smooth Prairie Star, and Smooth desert parsley all of which were just beginning to bloom were seen along the way to the rock arch. Among the oaks along the trail that goes from the corral up to and under the rock were numerous Oaks toothwart. Above a rocky slope above the stretch of the road that heads up the hill from the corral saw an early Balsamroot with about 24 blooms; above this slope near an old dead tree were numerous other Balsamroot with good sized leaves but no blooms open. Where the road levels out again under the trees were the last of the Grass Widows in good bloom condition, elsewhere they were mostly past bloom and were developing seed heads. Along the upper section of trail above the rock arch were more fading Grass Widows, Goldstars, Saxifrage, and Smooth Prairie Stars. Along the lower section of trail above the rock arch were more fading Grass Widows, a few blooming Shooting Stars, abundant Saxifrage, and Columbia desert parsley just starting to bloom. See web link above for photos of Balsamroot, Shooting Stars, and Saxifrage.


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