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PostWed Feb 15, 2017 5:09 pm 
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Once February rolls around, wildflowers begin to appear in mild winter areas.  Years ago, I used to go search them out.  All my images from back then are on Fujichrome film, and I won't have time to sort those until next winter.  In the meantime, I thought I would start a new thread where folks can post images of early wildflowers.  I know that the Sisyrinchium species start in mid-February in places like the Columbia River Gorge, as well as on balds on the San Juan Islands.  I mentioned this on a thread somewhere here, and someone posted a gorgeous close up of a Sisyrinchium from the San Juans, but I can't find that TR.

Anyway, I would love to see where folks are finding the earliest color.  The real season does not start until mid-April in the shrub-steppe, so anything before that is fair game.  Hillsides of color get extra credit!

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PostThu Feb 16, 2017 10:17 am 
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Blue-eyed Marys are the first wildflowers around here. I took this photo Feb 14 2015. It's a place I know to be early due to its protected location. Not going to happen this year. I visited Feb 14 this year and it is just starting to green up. The cold snap set things way back. Satin flowers usually show the last week in Feb. ... maybe a little late this year too.

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PostFri Feb 17, 2017 7:08 am 
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Thanks Mike, that looks like Collinsia parviflora.  The San Juans are definitely a hotspot for early wildflowers!

The Consortium of Herbaria have numerous records of C. parviflora from SJI but the earliest they have is April 8.

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PostFri Feb 17, 2017 12:18 pm 
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Sculpin wrote:
Collinsia parviflora

Yes. var. parviflora
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PostSat Feb 18, 2017 11:08 am 
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Blue-eyed Marys just showing...


Shooting stars poking up...

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PostTue Feb 21, 2017 4:42 pm 
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Saw a few precocious blooms this sunny afternoon. Crane's bill, blue-eyed Mary and a mystery to me tiny white flower that carpets the ground in a few weeks. Photos to follow but didn't have a macro.

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