Nice pictures Jim. Re fireweed: the fireweed we saw in Alaska was red, not yellow. We were told they are called fireweed as they are always the first plants to sprout in an area that has been burned over.
Thanks. There sure are a lot of flowers to photograph this year! Interesting note on the fireweed. Pat has a book on desert flowers so she is the one who is responsible for the names.
I guess there are variations in many plants. We're in Inyokern at the moment and the desert is covered in blue and yellow. I'll have additional photos soon. Hope to get to DV tomorrow. It was raining today but cleared occasionally. It's looking better right now.
We found many off road trails in this area. I can see one from the coach that goes up the side of a mountain which has a very interesting formation at the top. Might give that a try shortly. ;D ;D Many of the trails appear to be BLM. This is a really neat area to explore. Might have to come back again someday.