Depending on the rainfall, temperature and a host of other parameters, the landscape is different each spring when Leonard and I return to some of our favorite haunts. Due to recent rains, the early blossoms on one of my favorite “wildflower slopes” overlooking Ash Creek (Lassen County CA) are particularly prolific this year. There were more yellow bells (Fritillaria pudica) than I can ever remember seeing before.
Yellow bells are one of my favorite spring flowers. I love their single nodding heads. As the flowers age the yellow color fades to orange and even reddish Throughout the West yellow bells can be found in heavy soil that dries out during the summer, often in conjunction with sagebrush or other shrubs or amid grasses . I already did a post on yellow bells (“Yellow Bell” 3-26-2012) so will not repeat myself. Rather I will simply share another picture of this spring beauty.