What did we see that was new and exciting? Sandbells.
We've seen these before but have always had trouble identifying them. Anne says, and she is the Mustard Queen, that it is the Mustard Desert Primrose.
Not at all new as it is everywhere, but the Caliche Globe Mallow can make a pretty picture.
For ID purposes I have generally tried to take closeups of single plants. That tends to ignore the beauty of mixed blooms that make bouquets all over the desert at this time of year. Here is a nice spread of Chickory, Fairy Dusters, and Sand Bells
As the day warmed up the butterflies started to appear. I think this is an Empress Leilia not a Texan Crescent.
This one matches up nicely in our butterfly cheat book as the Southern Dogface
The critters just don't want to sit very still or pose with their wings open so the guess on this one is provisional. Let's try an Orange Skipperling here as a possible. Click on image to get an enlargement.
We had some discussion on this one. I think it might be a female Eastern Collared Lizard; others weighed in as a side-blotched with its normal turquoise speckles on upper back and tail. Look carefully as the head is actually visible center left.