I went hiking on Mt. Tam a couple of weeks ago because the weather was beautiful and I wanted out of the East Bay. Mt. Tam has some beautiful wildflower displays in the spring, but I knew it was a little early for that. Fortunately, there were some that had already popped up including this rare beauty - Calypso bulbosa aka Fairy Slipper. One of 31 orchids native to California. Who knew?
Here are two orchids just popping out of the ground.
And since nothing seems to say spring like a native forest orchid lit up by tree filtered light, I'm entering the second photo in Gardening Gone Wild's Picture This contest for this month. The theme is Awakening to show the beginning of spring.