Long-Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys) flower

Long-Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys)

Photography geekery:  The front-page photo and this one show the sort of light differences you can expect with backlighting (the main-page photo) vs. an overcast day (this photo), in the event you wonder about that sort of thing. This photo also sacrifices depth of field for a softer look (aperture f/3.2 here vs. f/9 on the cover shot), although this happens to have been just a happy accident. I think I might actually have been trying to point the camera at a cat.

This Photo:  In the foothills near Highway 49, late May